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Pellegrini set for City talks

By Football News



Manuel Pellegrini refused to confirm his future plans after his time at Malaga came to an end with a 4-1 defeat at Barcelona on Saturday.

The loss saw Pellegrini end his tenure in Andalusia with a sixth-place finish in La Liga, enough to see the club into the Europa League next season.

The Chilean has been linked with a move to replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.

The former Villarreal and Real Madrid coach said he would begin talks with City, but cut his press conference short when a journalist asked him if he had a verbal agreement to manage the club.

"Now the league is over we will start from Monday and look forward and to see where my future lies. When I reach an agreement I will tell you," Pellegrini said.

"I told you last week I have an agreement to start conversations with Manchester City. Some rumours will be right, others won't, but I have kept my focus on Malaga until now.

"I just answered the same question, for the third time I've been asked the same thing. From tomorrow I will start thinking about my future, today I can't say anything."

Pellegrini said he would miss working in Spain, where he has been based since joining Villarreal in 2004 after stints at clubs such as Universidad Chile, LDU Quito, San Lorenzo and River Plate.

"It is going to be hard for me to leave Spain after nine years," he said.

"It's a country that has treated me marvellously well. An important era of my life ends, and my future will surely take me to another country."