Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini Rejects Brazil National Team Approach

City chief snubs opportunity to become first foreign Brazil manager.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly rejected the opportunity to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil boss.

ESPN have reported claims from El Mercurio suggesting that Brazil approached Pellegrini just 24 hours after Scolari quit.

Scolari left his post with Brazil following back-to-back defeats at the FIFA World Cup, losing 7-1 to Germany in the semi-finals, before going down 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff.

Pellegrini apparently refused to enter talks with the Brazilian FA because he is happy at the Etihad Stadium and determined to see out his current contract, which has two years left to run.

Brazil have never appointed a foreign manager, so moving for Pellegrini is seen as a big deal.

Chilean Pellegrini has a strong reputation, having taken charge of Universidad Catolica, Palestino, LDU Quito, San Lorenzo, River Plate, Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga.

The 60-year-old won the Premier League and the Capital One Cup during his first season at City.

Pellegrini is currently in Scotland, where Man City are at a pre-season training camp.

City played their first friendly of the summer last week, losing 2-0 to Dundee on Sunday.

They play Hearts on Friday night, before jetting off the the USA.

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