Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini: I was close to becoming Liverpool boss

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini reveals he was close to becoming Liverpool boss in 2010

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Roy Hodgson replaced Rafael Benitez in 2010 Photo: Football.ua

Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he was close to becoming Liverpool manager after Rafael Benítez left Anfield in 2010.

The 59-year-old held his first Manchester City news conference on Wednesday after the former Málaga manager was confirmed as Roberto Mancini’s replacement in June.

And the South American admitted he could have sealed a move to the Premier League earlier in his career after his reign as Real Madrid manager came to an end three years ago.

Pellegrini’s departure coincided with Benítez’s sacking, and the Reds attempted to lure the popular Chilean to the 18-time English champions before Roy Hodgson was eventually appointed at Anfield.

“I had twice chances to arrive here before. One was to Manchester City but with the other owners,” Pellegrini is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.

“Liverpool, I was very near, after Real Madrid, to arrive at Liverpool. But for different things, it was not the moment. Now it is the right moment with the right club.”

The Citizens manager also promised City supporters that the club will finish ahead of rivals and defending Premier League champions Manchester United next season.

“I know the most important thing for City fans is to beat United. I’m sure we will do it and this year, the same as other years, we will be on top of United,” added Pellegrini.

“I also played United twice with Villarreal in the Champions League, in 2006 and 2009, and both times we qualified for the last 16 and they didn’t.”

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