Pellegrini admits City deal
30 May 2013, 14:16
Madrid - Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he has a
verbal agreement with Manchester City to succeed Roberto Mancini as the
club's new manager.
"I have a verbal agreement with them and I
hope it is carried out," he said in an interview with the Andalusian
television station Canal Sur on Wednesday.
"As of today, I don't have a signed contract.
"It is true that Manchester City have shown a lot of interest that I become their coach and I have had conversations with them.
"Until things have been signed, you cannot say everything is completely done."
it seems certain that Pellegrini will take charge of the 2011/12
English champions after guiding Malaga to within a whisker of the
Champions League semi-finals in their first season in the competition.
two controversial goals for eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund saw
them bow out 3-2 on aggregate in the last eight and the club is
currently banned from competing in European competition next season due
to their failure to pay players and other clubs money owed from transfer
fees in time.
Those financial problems convinced the Chilean to
leave the Andalusian club after two and a half years in charge as he
lamented that the football project under owner Sheikh Abdullah Nasser
Al-Thani had changed.
Pellegrini guided Malaga to their highest
ever league finish last season as they ended the campaign in fourth to
qualify for their debut Champions League campaign.
And a 3-1 win
over Deportivo la Coruna in Pellegrini's last home game in charge at the
weekend ensured Los Boquerones will qualify for the Europa League next
season should the Court of Arbitration for Sport uphold their appeal
against their European ban on June 4.