Malaga Coach Pellegrini moves closer to Man City post

Manuel Pellegrini’s move to Manchester City looks to be one step closer after Malaga stated that the 59-year-old Chilean is free to leave the club, reports the Daily Mail.

And reports in Chile have said that Pellegrini has agreed a two-year deal to move to the Etihad Stadium as long-term successor to Roberto Mancini, who was sacked on Monday.

Earlier this week the Mail had that City made a formal approach to the Malaga club over securing Pellegrini’s services, after deciding upon the 59-year-old ahead of an unnamed other contending European manager. And the former Real Madrid boss has already made a verbal agreement with Manchester City to take over.

It is also understood that Pellegrini is being looked at by Barcelona, due to the Catalan club’s concerns over Tito Vilanova’s ability to carry on as manager, having recently received treatment for cancer.

Mancini’s three-and-a-half year spell as City manager came to an end on Monday, two days after their 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Wigan, with the club citing his failure to meet the club’s “stated targetsholistic approach.

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