Pellegrini would do spectacular things at Man City, says Cazorla

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla says Manuel Pellegrini would do "spectacular things" if he took charge of Manchester City

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Santi Cazorla joined Arsenal from Malaga last summer Photo: Back Page Images

Santi Cazorla has backed Manuel Pellegrini to do “spectacular things” if the Chilean takes charge of Manchester City.

The Villarreal manager, 59, is the front-runner to fill the Citizens vacancy after Roberto Mancini was sacked on Monday.

Cazorla, who has impressed in his first campaign at Arsenal, played under Pellegrini during spells with Villarreal and Malaga before joining the Gunners.

And the Spain international believes Pellegrini would be a great appointment for the one-time Premier League champions this summer.

“With Manchester City, if he goes there, he’ll do spectacular things and they will get better as a team,” the Spaniard told the Sunday People.

“He’ll adapt to the Premier League. He’ll change City’s style but the players he has got, they’ll adapt very well. I hope the best for him.

“If he goes to City, he deserves that and I’ll be happy for him. He’s ready as he likes pressure. He’s ready for any team.”

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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