Former Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella has reportedly turned down the opportunity to manage Estudiantes because he wants to take the helm at Manchester City.
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According to Los Andes, the 60-year-old would prefer to wait in the hope of receiving an offer from the Blues, whose slump in form has put boss Manuel Pellegrini under intense pressure.
Sabella, currently out of work, is also said to have been asked to manage Sao Paulo, and has until tomorrow to give a final answer, but his preference is to succeed Pellegrini next season, should the Chilean lose his job.
Pellegrini has one year remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, but a run of only four wins in 15 matches in all competitions has cast doubt on his future at the club.
City have a fight on their hands to simply secure Champions League qualification via a top-four finish, as opposed to vying to retain their Premier League title.
They have also exited both domestic knock-out competitions, and once again failed to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s leading club competition.
Sabella led Argentina to the World Cup final last year, when they lost to Germany, but has no experience of managing in England.