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Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini facing Pep Guardiola Etihad battle

After finishing the 2014-15 season without silverware, rumours were rife that Manuel Pellegrini would be sacked by Manchester City this summer, and while such speculation has cooled, his time at the Etihad could very well be coming to an end.

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According to the Daily Star, Citizens chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak is desperate for Pep Guardiola to take over from the Chilean, and will look to lure the Bayern Munich boss to the Etihad in a year’s time.

Pellegrini is entering the final season of his City contract, and, according to the British newspaper, he will not be offered a renewal – despite the report claiming that he wants to extend his future in England.

The 61-year-old, therefore, looks set to remain in the Sky Blues dug-out next season, but if reports prove correct, this will be his final campaign in charge of the two-time Premier League champions.

Pellegrini will not be short of offers if he is allowed to freely leave next summer; the Daily Star state that he could return to Chile with the national team eager for the former Real Madrid manager to take charge, while a number of clubs from La Liga are also said to be keen on his signature.

Guardiola’s contract at the Allianz Arena, meanwhile, also expires in the summer of 2016, and with the ex-Barcelona boss having not signed an extension, he could be set to leave the Bundesliga giants.

In just two-years in charge of the Bavarians, Guardiola has won two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal, one UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

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