Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero has revealed that he rejected the opportunity to join Manchester City this summer.
The 31-year-old was a favourite of new Citizens chief during his time in Spain, where he helped the La Rosaleda-based side to qualify for the Champions League.
Pellegrini was believed to be keen to draft in a new stopper to rival Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon before the transfer deadline, and Caballero was said to be one of his top targets.
But, Caballero turned down his offer, citing a lack of certainty surrounding a potential role in the first-team as a major factor in his decision.
“I talked to Manuel Pellegrini before he left Malaga,” he is quoted by The Metro.
“I know of his intention to take me with him to Manchester City.
“But I was unsure whether he would stick with the same goalkeepers he had already or play me.”
Pellegrini has since been linked with Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas, with Hart yet to convince the Chilean of his abilities.
The City boss is also pondering raiding Malaga once again in January to bolster his squad.
Malaga duo Jesus Gamez and Fabrice Olinga are believed to be on his wish list, and deals may be possible due to the Spaniards’ financial woes.
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