Martinez won't leave for Madrid - Guardiola

The coach dismissed the possibility of the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder departing the Allianz Arena for the Liga giants, and reiterated the 25-year-old's importance
Pep Guardiola has insisted that Javi Martinez will snub reported interest from Real Madrid to stay at Bayern Munich.

The Bavarians midfielder joined from Athletic Bilbao for €40 million (£33m) in 2012 and remains the Bundesliga giants' record signing.

However, he has been linked with a return to La Liga, but the former Barcelona boss has insisted that the 25-year-old will remain at the Allianz Arena while he is in charge.

"That is a question for the player, no?" he responded when asked if the player wanted to join the Santiago Bernabeu side,

"I do not think that a move will happen. I am of the opinion that as long as I'm here, Javi is here. We need him, Javi is 100 per cent important to us."

Martinez has finally rid himself of a long-term ankle injury and is in line to feature for die Roten in Saturday's clash with Nurnberg.