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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: "contract extension not Pep's decision"

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19-year-old criticizes Guardiola in Danish newspaper

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UPDATE: Kicker spoke with Pierre-Emile Højbjerg's agent Sören Lerby regarding the matter. "Pierre did not say it. This is utter nonsense." So, there you have it.

Now on loan at FC Augsburg, former Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg had choice words when he talked about his relationship with manager Pep Guardiola with Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

"It is not my job to be best friends with the manager. The point is I respect him and do what he requires. I always have," said Højbjerg [via Bild]. "But we both have to live with some anger-making things that were said in the process."

"I am very ambitious so I told him: 'I can be an ambitious, dumb and naïve player...' I have early expectations and ambitions. That doesn't fit in Pep's thoughts."

The 19-year-old extended his contract until 2018 before leaving on a half-season loan to the Fuggerstädter. Højbjerg is under the impression when "Bayern München extended the contract with me, that was not a decision from Pep."

Højbjerg has amassed 550 minutes under Guardiola this year, but a significant fraction of it came when David Alaba and Philipp Lahm both went down due to injuries. He made 24 appearances with Bayern before moving down the road to Augsburg.