Fiorentina striker Luca Toni has suggested Pep Guardiola has expressed a desire to take over at Bayern Munich in the future.
The Italian played alongside the former Barcelona coach when they were both at Brescia and the two have remained close since Guardiola left the La Liga giants at the end of last season.
Guardiola, who said he needed time away from the game when leaving Barcelona, has spoken to Toni about the Bundesliga side, according to the 35-year-old.
“He asked me about Bayern. I think the philosophy of how that club is run pleases him,” Toni told Bild.
“He is a very good coach, who would fit that team perfectly. He would give the German mentality some flair.”
Toni advised Guardiola, who has also been linked with Champions League holders Chelsea and 2011/12 Serie A runners-up AC Milan, to take on the job at Bayern instead of moving to Italy.
“He should definitely coach Bayern. They are one of the best teams in the world,” he said.
“In Italy (the clubs) are catching up. The only club in Italy that is comparable to Bayern is Juventus, who will be at the same level in less than 10 years.”