Malaga manager denies he has taken City job.
Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has denied that he has already agreed to replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, according to Sky Sports.
The 59-year-old was said to have held talks with City officials over the last couple of weeks, and rumours of his appointment strengthened the night before Mancini’s side succumbed to defeat in the FA Cup final.
Mancini was angry to hear these stories, and feels his job is safe due to the four years remaining on his contract, and Pellegrini has also come out and said he is still very much the manager of Malaga.
“I deny here and now being the new manager of Manchester City,” Pellegrini told a press conference. “I have not signed an agreement with anyone, not with Manchester City, not with Roma, not with Napoli, not with PSG, not with any of the clubs who have been mentioned.
“I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs have shown an interest in me.
“I had a date agreed with Malaga not to talk to anyone and I have no agreement with anyone.
“In the next few days I hope to clarify a bit what the future will be here in the club.”
Pellegrini’s words suggest a deal could be reached with City soon, and it is widely expected that Mancini will not survive the axe after a poor season at the Etihad Stadium.
The former Inter Milan boss made some poor signings in last summer’s transfer window, and this has led to a weak defence of their Premier League title, which went to rivals Manchester United.
City also endured a shock defeat to underdogs Wigan in the FA Cup final, fueling speculation that the board have finally lost patience with the Italian coach.