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Manchester City will KEEP Manuel Pellegrini for now, as they wait on top target

Manchester City are planning to stand by manager Manuel Pellegrini, despite the fact that the Chilean is unlikely to win a trophy this season.

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City were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday, and now only have the Premier League to play for, but after last weekend’s shock defeat to Burnley, that too seems beyond them.

Despite cries for Pellegrini to be sacked before the start of next season, reports in the Daily Mail believe that City won’t be pressed into action, as they instead wait for top target – Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola – to become available.

Madrid duo Diego Simeone (Atletico) and Carlo Ancelotti (Real) have also been touted as possible replacements, but the City hierarchy are unlikely to settle for anything other that their top target, as they continue their quest to become Europe’s biggest team.

City have struggled to progress under Pellegrini, despite winning the Capital One Cup and the Premier League during his first season in charge. This term, their League Cup defence was ended by Newcastle, while they were beaten by Championship side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

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