Pep Guardiola is scheduled to make a Bundesliga exit next summer and move to England for his first stint in the Premier League. And Bavarians surely will miss the Spaniard. After Xabi Alonso who came out and said that Guardiola is the greatest manager he has worked under, Robben and Boateng also voice their admiration of the ex Barcelona man saying that it is sad to see Guardiola leaving.
Both the star players have voiced their sadness at seeing the Premier man leave but understand that the team has to move on and with half of the season left, the main aim is to win. When asked as to how the mood in the camp was like, Robben first joked that everything has changed but then later said“It is not different. I think we have too much experience. In this business it is usual. Players come and go and that goes for coaches as well. We have to continue our work. We just have one goal and that goal is to be successful. We have to focus on that.”
Boateng on the other hand talked about how he respects Guardiola’s decision and understands why the Spaniard would want to move to England.
“When I was younger I also wanted to go to England. That’s different for every player. Some just want to stay in the same country all the time. I think you have to respect that and it’s totally understandable. Maybe that’s the reason why he wants to go to England, to win trophies with his style. But you have to ask him” said the defender.
But what has created ripples amongst the admiration and the voicing of sadness, is the comment made by the Dutchman that “I would like to work with him (Guardiola) over a longer period.” We hear transfer bells ringing! Though Robben has has been vocal about the teams future plans and his association with them, a chance to further his time under the Spaniard might lure the 31 year old to England. Robben hasn’t featured in the plans of the Bavarians given his injury and in his 10 games across all competitions he knocked over 6 goals. Bayern Munich will not let go of the champion man but their recent exploits in his absence raises the question as to whether he is required? Only time will tell what becomes of Pep Guardiola and Arjen Robben!