Man City target Manuel Pellegrini: I haven’t signed any contract yet

Málaga manager Manuel Pellegrini says he hasn't signed any contract with Manchester City

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Manuel Pellegrini is the favourite to replace Roberto Mancini at City Photo: Back Page Images

Manuel Pellegrini says he hasn’t signed any contract with Manchester City – yet.

The 59-year-old is the favourite to replace Roberto Mancini at the Eastlands outfit after confirming he will leave Málaga at the end of the season.

But Pellegrini is only concerning himself with Málaga’s final two games of the La Liga campaign amid mounting speculation the Chilean is set to take charge of City,

“I have answered this many times,” Pellegrini said.

“Once we have played Deportivo, we will see about my future and where I am going. I haven’t signed any contract yet.

“Once I have finished here in Málaga and completed the matches, we will see where my future lies.

“But for now I will only discuss my present position with Málaga.”

Meanwhile, City midfielder Gareth Barry says he is looking forward to working with a manager of Pellegrini’s pedigree.

“I don’t know too much about him but people who do know him and who have played with him have spoken highly of him so that’s good,” said Barry.

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. He 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.

• He 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 before crashing out in the last eight.

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