Bayern Munich defender ​Joshua Kimmich has talked up the idea of Pep Guardiola returning to the Allianz Arena after the Spaniard was linked with the vacant manager's role following the sacking of Niko Kovac.

While Hansi Flick has been placed in charge on an interim basis, there are still suggestions that Die Roten would like to install a permanent boss either before or at the end of the season, this despite the club winning their two fixtures under Flick.

Currently going through a turbulent spell at ​Manchester City, Guardiola's name has been mentioned regarding a return to ​Bayern after seeing his side drop nine points behind ​Premier League leaders Liverpool in the table. 

The 48-year-old spent three successful seasons in Bavaria prior to joining City, winning three ​Bundesliga titles, two German Cups, a UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup. As the manager who brought him to Munich in 2015, Kimmich entertained the notion of the Spaniard returning to the club, although insisted he is not sure what Bayern's plans are moving forward.

"Regarding Pep Guardiola I have no idea what Bayern's plan is with Hansi Flick," he said ahead of Germany's clash with Belarus, as relayed by the ​Mirror.

"At first you thought that we would get a new coach after the international break. Now, we won both games with Flick and it sounds like he will stay until winter or even the entire season. What happens then is the business of the club – we players have nothing to do with it.

"But of course, I know (Guardiola) and have a lot to thank him for. He took me from the second division and let me play in the Bundesliga. We won the double together and after that season I became a player for Germany. So, of course, I won't be against him coming back."

Guardiola is widely considered as one of world football's finest managers, having enjoyed trophy-laden spells in charge of ​Barcelona, Bayern and City during his managerial career. However, he has never remained in charge of a club for more than three years, and one would assume - should he leave City - that he would embark on a fresh challenge as opposed to reuniting with a former club.

That being said, Guardiola still owns an apartment in the German city and his family is said to have felt at home there.

It would be a shock for Guardiola to leave the Cityzens so soon into the season though, with the title race not yet wrapped up and the club still competing in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the ​Champions League.