Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed his club is eager to begin negotiations with Pep Guardiola in order to renew the coach’s contract past June 2016.

The English press have made Guardiola the likeliest candidate to replace Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini after his current contract expires with the German champions.

Last month, it was reported that Bayern Munich had begun the search for Guardiola’s replacement since the belief at the time was that the Spanish tactician was reluctant to extend his contract past the summer of 2016.

However, in an interview with the German publication BILD, Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that he believes an agreement can be reached with the manager and the club is eager to retain his services for the long term.

“I think we have a good chance of convincing Pep to continue as our coach beyond 2016,” Rummenigge said.

“The outside interest from other clubs doesn’t worry me; that only shows the quality our coach has.

“Pep has total respect for the culture here at Bayern Munich. Pep only demands two things which I am in complete agreement – quality and professionalism.

“There’s no one here who isn’t delighted with him and his work.”

Despite a staggering injury toll, Guardiola has guided Bayern Munich to the semi-finals of the German Cup and Champions League, and has the club poised to win its 24th Bundesliga title.