Neuer not following Pep to City

FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has no plans to join coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season, saying he is content in the Bundesliga.

Guardiola has already been announced as City’s manager for next season, replacing Manuel Pellegrini, and recent speculation suggested that the Spanish coach wanted Neuer to join him in England.

However, the Germany international insists that he still has a long-term contract with the Bavarian giants and he is likely to see it out.

“I am not affected by it predominantly because I like to play in the Bundesliga,” he told Munchener Merkur. “I know which teams play here and what type of football is played.

“I like the way our team plays very much. I’ve still got a long-term contract, and everything is OK. It all fits.”

However, Neuer did pay tribute to Guardiola, saying that the former Barcelona boss has imparted plenty of knowledge during his time at Allianz Arena.

“I’ve trained under a lot of coaches and always picked up elements that develop a player,” he added. “I am always looking forward to new tasks, new ideas of how to play football – Pep has given us a lot regarding all of that.

“Especially the tactics, the football brains, how you interpret football, he is one of my biggest mentors.”

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