Pep Guardiola is to leave Bayern Munich at the end of this season and will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, the club have confirmed.
Carlo Ancelotti has agreed a contract in principle with Bayern Munich to replace Pep Guardiola at the end of the season. The German club is set to announce that he is joining the club in the next few days.
Guardiola, whose three-year contract expires this summer, is thought to be keen on a fresh challenge after securing two Bundesliga titles in his first two seasons in Munich.
Experienced Italian Ancelotti, who has been out of work since being sacked by Real Madrid in May, will sign a three-year contract to take over Bayern this summer.
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the news on Sunday, thanking Guardiola for his work with the team.
“We are thankful to Guardiola for all he gave our club and hope to celebrate more success in the current season. With Ancelotti we have another very successful coach coming to Bayern. We are looking forward to working together,” Rummenigge told Bild newspaper.
In a statement, Ancelotti revealed he had no hesitation in accepting once Bayern made their offer. “It’s an honour for me to be part of this great club next season, FC Bayern Munich. When I knew of the club’s interest I didn’t want to consider any other offer. I honestly wish FC Bayern Munich and my friend Pep Guardiola the best for the current season,” Ancelotti said.
It is believed Guardiola made his decision to leave some time ago and informed the club, enabling them to step up their pursuit of Ancelotti.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Guardiola revealed: “Kalle [Rummenigge] knows absolutely everything.”
Guardiola also briefly offered his thoughts on Ancelotti, saying: “Carlo is a super coach and a super person.”