Manchester City have been described as ‘an option’ by Manuel Pellegrini when he was asked who he would be leaving Malaga for.
The Chilean tactician has been the hot favourite to replace the sacked Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium after confirming that he would be departing the Spanish Primera Division outfit at the end of their season.
However, Pellegrini has so far refused to confirm his next destination and, following his fond farewell to the fans after Malaga’s 3-1 win against Deportivo La Coruna in their final home game of the season, he suggested that he has other irons in the fire as well as City.
“I am lucky to have good options and Manchester City is an option,” he said.
Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has also refused to name Pellegrini as their number one target. But on the club’s tour of the USA, he hinted that the former Villarreal and Real Madrid coach is the man they want to help them achieve their aim of winning five trophies in as many years.
“I think the boxes are right. You know what we want,” said Soriano. “The analysis of the candidates goes beyond the results that we can see.
“Age is not relevant at this point, but with the kind of squad we have, we want a senior manager.
“We want a manager who knows about football but we want somebody who knows about man management and this is something we are convinced about, that it is impossible for us to win the Champions League if we don’t have a group that behaves like a family.”
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