Málaga boss Manuel Pellegrini rubbishes Man City reports

Málaga manager Manuel Pellegrini rubbishes speculation linking him with Roberto Mancini's Manchester City post

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Roberto Mancini's side are 12 points behind leaders Manchester United R Goraczniak, via Wikimedia

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Manuel Pellegrini insists he is ignoring speculation claiming that the Málaga manager is set to replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City in the summer.

The 59-year-old has guided Los Boquerones into the Champions League last 16 this season, while also keeping their pursuit of a top-four finish on track.

Mancini has come under increasing pressure following City’s elimination from Europe’s premier club competition and their stuttering Premier League title defence.

But the Chilean, who managed at Real Madrid for less than year before being sacked, says he is happy at Málaga and is not paying attention to the reports.

“I don’t care about these rumours. Both the squad and my staff are entirely focused in our duties here,” said Pellegrini.

“We are happy in Málaga and our future will depend on this club. Regarding hypothetical offers, I haven’t dealt anything with anybody and this is not my concern right now.”

Manuel Pellegrini fact-file

• The former centre-back began his coaching career in 1988 with his sole club as a player, Universidad de Chile, before spending the next 16 years working with sides in Chile, Ecuador and Argentina.

• He took over at Villarreal in 2004, guiding them to third place in the Liga in his debut season and securing a place in the Champions League for the first time. His side also reached the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup.

• The following campaign, Villarreal defied all expectations by reaching the Champions League semi-finals, where they bowed out 1-0 on aggregate to Arsenal. Guided the club to second place in the 2007-08 Liga, a club record, and the Champions League quarter-finals the following season, again being knocked out by Arsenal.

• The Chilean signed a two-year contract with Real Madrid on 2 June 2009, the club winning a then record 96 points in the Liga but still finishing second behind Barcelona, prompting Pellegrini’s dismissal in May 2010

• That November he succeeded Jesualdo Ferreira as coach of Málaga and in the following campaign oversaw a fourth-placed league finish, the club’s best ever, subsequently negotiating Champions League qualifying to reach the group stage for the first time.

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