Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy believes his old Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini will be a success at Manchester City, the
Van Nistelrooy ended his career at Malaga under Pellegrini – and played for the Chilean at Real Madrid too – and believes Pellegrini’s approach will deliver results at City. Van Nistelrooy said: “I can only talk from my own experience, half a season under him at Madrid and the last season of my career at Malaga.
“The experience was really good and on a professional level and a personal level I rate him very highly. I think he proved at Villarreal and with Malaga that he can build a new team and get things moving. He can create a structure and culture at the club whereby things get better.
“So in that sense – and even though this is me speaking as an ex-United player – I think he will build something at City. I don’t know what his plans are for City, I only know the way he has worked in the past. I know him as a person and, for me, he’s up there with the best.”
Pellegrini saw his Malaga side beaten 4-1 by Barcelona in his final game in charge of the south coast club and is expected to sign a three-year contract with the former Premier League champions having confirmed talks have taken place between his representatives and the City hierarchy.
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