Carlo Ancelotti will take charge of Bayern Munich in the summer after the Bundesliga giants confirmed Pep Guardiola will leave the club at the end of the season.
Speculation over Guardiola’s next move will increase on the back of the news, with Manchester City heavily linked with the former Barcelona coach, despite Manuel Pellegrini’s denials.
Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal under pressure, and Chelsea, who are seeking a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho, despite the short-term appointment of Guus Hiddink, have also been mentioned as possible destinations for the Spanish coach.
Guardiola, whose Bayern Munich side are currently eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, has enjoyed plenty of success in his two-year spell as manager, winning two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, but will depart the club this summer after deciding against extending his deal.
And Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Ancelotti, who has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid in May, will take over at Allianz Arena.
Ancelotti arrives after taking a one-year sabbatical, following his departure from Real Madrid in the summer, signing a three-year contract.
“We’re grateful to Guardiola for everything he has given to our club since 2013,” Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement published on the Bundesliga club’s website.
“I am convinced that Pep and our team are now going to work even more intensively on realising our sporting ambitions, particularly now that it has been confirmed that Pep will be leaving Bayern.
“Carlo Ancelotti has had success as a coach everywhere and he has won the Champions League three times.
“Carlo is a calm, level-headed expert who knows how to work with stars and plays a brand of football rich in variety.
“That is what we were looking for, and that is what we have found. We are looking forward to working with him.”
Ancelotti quickly expressed his delight at being appointed Bayern coach from next summer and tweeted this message on his official account.
— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) December 20, 2015
Bayern Munich beat Hannover 1-0 on Saturday and, when questioned about Guardiola’s future after the game, Thomas Muller insisted his departure would have little impact on their season.
“We don’t care about that,” he told Sky. “We want to win everything this season, no matter how long it takes with the coach’s contract.
“I do not know whether he will renew in the end, but if he doesn’t then it does not matter. Jupp Heynckes also did this in 2012-13 and we won the treble that year.”
Bayern face Juventus in the Round of 16 in the Champions League.