Chelsea stepping closer to seal a deal with Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini
Chelsea are showing interest in acquiring the services of Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini. Reportedly, officials from the London club have held discussion with Malaga on the possibility of allowing them to sign in the Chilean as the next boss of Stamford Bridge.
Manuel Pellegrini is the latest name on the long list of potential suitors for the Chelsea job. However, the former Real Madrid manager has turned into priority after becoming hot-favorite in the eyes’ of Chelsea hierarchy.
The Malaga managed is contending for a top four La Liga spot and has guided Malaga into the quarterfinals of the Champions League. As a matter of fact, Pellegrini and Co. would have made it to the semifinals had Borussia Dortmund not scored an extremely late goal.
In spite of recording impressive performances this season, Malaga has been struck by financial problems because of which they have been banned from the Champions League next season. No European competition means, Manuel Pellegrini will be considering his options this summer.
According to reports in The Sun and the Daily Telegraph, officials from Chelsea and Malaga met in Paris recently. Chelsea and Malaga officials haven’t made any news public as of yet, but their behind the curtain meetings are becoming quite obvious.
Other potential suitors for the Chelsea job are Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and Everton’s David Moyes. The new manager would take over the club from interim boss Rafael Benitez, who is no longer interested in convincing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in considering him as the permanent boss of Stamford Bridge.
Manuel Pellegrini is under contract with Malaga till next summer. However, he can be brought to London by paying the €4 million buy-out clause in his contract with Malaga. Manuel Pellegrini’s agent Jesus Martinez just recently Onda Cero radio that no clubs had officially contacted Manuel Pellegrini.
“Pellegrini has a contract and a release clause of €4 million,” said Jesus Martinez. “Nobody has come to Malaga with that €4 million asking permission to speak with Pellegrini, so we must keep our feet on the ground and look to continue the project. [But] the people in charge of the club must come up with real solutions.”
Jesus Martinez’s latest statement have created quite a shock since in February he confirmed interest from Chelsea. Meanwhile, Manuel Pellergrini claims he would like to finish his contract before moving on.
“I would like to finish my contract here and, when my career ends, to stay here and live in Malaga,” Manuel Pellegrini told a Spanish radio station this week.
“I have an invaluable empathy with the people here, but for me the sporting project is important - and that has become distorted over time. My future is going to depend more on what Malaga do than on external offers.”