Delay in Pellegrini to Man City down to contract wrangle with Malaga

Manuel Pellegrini has agreed to become the new manager of Manchester City, the Daily Mirror reports, but official confirmation of the appointment is being held up as the Chilean seeks a settlement with former club Malaga over unpaid wages.

Pellegrini has not been paid by the crisis-hit Spanish club in two months – and a third month would enable him to walk away from the south coast side for free, rather than force City to pay more than £3m in compensation.

City are keen to avoid shelling out if they don’t have to, having paid Roberto Mancini £7m in compensation when he was sacked days after the FA Cup final – and a year to the day City claimed the Premier League title under the Italian in 2012.

Despite not officially being employed by City, Pellegrini has met with a number of the key decision makers at the Etihad Stadium and gave the go-ahead to the purchases of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho and Sevilla winger Jesus Navas. The pair cost City just under £50m.

City are confident Pellegrini will settle his issue with Malaga eventually and will be confirmed as Mancini’s successor when he does. The former Real Madrid boss is due to take charge on July 1.

Pellegrini, who also managed Villarreal, led Malaga to the Champions League quarter-finals last season but the club’s financial problems mean they are unable to compete in Europe in the forthcoming campaign, despite finishing sixth in La Liga.

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