Malaga boss Pellegrini denies Man City links as Mancini sack reports spread
Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has denied reports suggesting he is on his way to become the new manager of Manchester City. The Chilean coach has been strongly linked to a move to the Eastlands ever since Manchester City lost the FA Cup to Wigan Athletic and the Premier League crown to archrivals Manchester United.
Manchester City have made no attempts at curbing speculation about sacking their manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian boss, who ended Manchester City’s trophy drought with the FA Cup in 2011 and led them to the Premier League title next season, could now be out of a job this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini, who helped Malaga qualify for the Champions League and guided them to the quarterfinals of the tournament under uncertain financial conditions, has denied reports suggesting he has been approached by Manchester City.
“Today, I deny I am going to be the new manager of Manchester City,” Manuel Pellegrini said. “I have not signed an agreement with anyone - not with Manchester City, not with Roma, not with Napoli, not with PSG, not with any of the clubs who have been mentioned.
“Every year, I have had the possibility of major teams making an offer to me, and that is an honor. There are a lot of rumors. I hope that, in the next fortnight, there is a plan made for what is going to be done next year [at Malaga].
“I imagine there will be meetings in this break. I hope that the future can be planned out in this fortnight.”
Manuel Pellegrini added that presently Malaga was only concentrating on qualifying for the Champions League once again.
“To overcome the trauma of being eliminated in the Champions League [by Borussia Dortmund in injury time] was not easy, but to qualify the team for the Europa League keeps us excited,” Manuel Pellegrini said.
Meanwhile, an unhappy and angry Roberto Mancini claims club officials should act to cull rumors about his speculated exit.
“I don't know why the club hasn't stopped this, because it is not correct and I don't think it is true,” said Roberto Mancini insisting that reports about his sacking were “rubbish… speculation and rubbish”.
“I will still be here next season. But if it is true, we will know in the next two weeks. If it isn't, this [the speculation] is stupid,” Roberto Mancini added.