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Guardiola expresses Bayern interest

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Former Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni has revealed Pep Guardiola has shown an interest in taking charge at the Allianz Arena.

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Guardiola is currently on a sabbatical in New York and has been linked with a number of top clubs around Europe, including Bayern.

The Bundesliga leaders' current coach, Jupp Heynckes, is out of contract at the end of the season and it has been reported that the 67-year-old has already informed the club that he will not sign an extension.

However, after winning their eighth game out of eight in the league on Saturday, president Uli Hoeness insisted that he could yet continue for another year.

Toni, who established a strong friendship with Guardiola when they played together at Brescia in 2003, has said the former Barcelona coach has enquired about Bayern and that he thinks he could be the ideal candidate to succeed Heynckes.

"He asked me before about FC Bayern," he told Bild am Sonntag. "I believe that the club's philosophy would suit him, and he is a very good coach who could be perfect for them. He would add something extra to the German mentality."

Asked what advice he would offer Guardiola, he said: "Go to Bayern! No matter what - Bayern! This is one of the best and most important clubs in the world. Coaches can work well in Munich because the money is there. They have the perfect stadium and good marketing."

AC Milan have been strongly linked with Guardiola, but Fiorentina striker Toni said: "In Italy, the conditions aren't nearly as good. The only club in Italy that is similar to Bayern is Juventus."

Toni added that the current Bayern team is "strong" but said they must win the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal this season "at all costs", as well as targeting the Champions League semi-final.

"If Bayern don't win a title for two years running, the bosses get nervous," he revealed.

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