Pellegrini denies agreement to manage Man City

Manuel Pellegrini insists that he has not agreed a deal to become the new Manchester City manager, says BBC Sport.

Current City boss Roberto Mancini criticised the club’s owners in the aftermath of the FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic for not denying that Pellegrini was to replace him.

But the Malaga coach has denied any deal is in place to see him become the new boss at the Etihad Stadium in time for the new season.

Pellegrini said: “I categorically deny that I am the new Manchester City coach. I have an agreement with Malaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other outfit.

Nothing has been signed and no agreement reached. I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs are interested in me. I hope the future of this club will become somewhat clearer in the next few days.

But speculation over the future of Mancini is likely to continue, with the disappointing 1-0 defeat to the Latics coming at the end of a campaign in which City have also failed in the Premier League and Champions League.

This season’s performance represents a major blow for the club who collected their first league title for 44 years in 2012 and won the FA Cup a year earlier.

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