Pellegrini could be Man City manager next week

Manuel Pellegrini could be announced as the new Manchester City manager by the end of next week, with a view to an immediate start, says The Daily Telegraph.

The Chilean coach confirmed that he will be leaving current club Malaga at the end of the season, with Sunday’s La Liga fixture against Deportivo La Coruna set to bring the curtain down on his career in Spain.

And City, who have earmarked the ex-Real Madrid boss as the successor to Roberto Mancini, are believed to have already struck a deal with Pellegrini, rumoured to be worth £3.4million-a-year.

Mancini was shown the door at the Etihad Stadium after City’s FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic left them without silverware this season.

Club owners identified the need for the new manager to take on a more ‘holistic’ approach, with sporting director Txiki Begiristain having singled out Pellegrini as the most appropriate candidate.

Speaking ahead of his final match in charge at La Rosaleda, Pellegrini said: “It will be a very emotional occasion and we hope to leave with the club having qualified for Europe, with the mission completed.

The agreement with the club has been gratifying and satisfactory. Everyone has the right to continue on their path. I am not looking for economic ambitions, but a sporting project that allows me to feel fulfilled.

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