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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manuel Neuer could finish career at Bayern Munich, says Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says he does not expect goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to leave the German champions any time soon.

Guardiola will leave Bayern to take over Manchester City this summer, leading to reports this week that suggested the Premier League side were eager to keep him paired with Neuer in England.

But the German international has three years remaining on his contract, and Guardiola said that City buying Neuer from Bayern was unlikely.

Under Guardiola, Manuel Neuer has become more central to Bayern's possession-based football.
Manuel Neuer is unlikely to follow Pep Guardiola to Manchester City, the manager says.

"Manuel Neuer will be the goalkeeper at Bayern Munich for the next five, six, seven, eight or nine years," Guardiola said.

"That's my hunch. I haven't asked him about this, I don't know what he thinks. But I think he could stay at Bayern Munich for the rest of his career."

Since joining Bayern from Schalke in 2011, Neuer has won the Bundesliga three times, as well as the DFB Pokal twice, and both the Champions League and Club World Cup in 2013.

He also won the 2014 World Cup with Germany.

Guardiola also promised reporters that the Bundesliga title race will really heat up when leaders Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

"Everyone wanted more suspense in the Bundesliga. Now you have it so all is well," Guardiola said. "We are not perfect. Sometimes you have to lose to understand what you need to do in order to become an even better team."

Bayern, who are chasing a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga crown, had an 11-point lead earlier in the season. The defeat by Mainz and a 2-2 draw at Juventus in their Champions League Last-16 first leg, after leading 2-0, have supporters concerned.

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