Manuel Pellegrini: I have a verbal agreement with Man City

Málaga manager Manuel Pellegrini says he has a verbal agreement to take charge of Manchester City

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Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City in May Photo: Back Page Images

Manuel Pellegrini says he has a verbal agreement to take charge of Manchester City but the Chilean is yet to sign a contract.

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

But Pellegrini, who led the La Liga outfit to the Champions League quarter-finals this season, says there is still more work to be done before his appointment is complete.

“I have a verbal agreement with them and I hope it is carried out,” Pellegrini told Canal Sur.

“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.”

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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