Manchester City agree pre-contract deal with Real Madrid boss

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester City, according to the Daily Express.

The newspaper claim that the former AC Milan manager’s job is hanging in the balance at Los Blancos, and given the pedigree of managerial sackings at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu over the years, it’s not hard to see why he’d be under threat. Real Madrid have just been knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by Juventus, and are four points behind El Clasico rivals Barcelona in La Liga with only two games left in the season – a 2-2 draw against Valencia last week with a missed penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have curtailed their domestic chances.

At the same time, Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini has come under pressure after a campaign in which he has failed to muster a challenge for a major trophy. The Sky Blues were knocked out of the FA Cup, Capital One Cup, and Champions League early in the competitions, and have failed to get close to champions Chelsea in the Premier League.

However, the Manchester Evening News have reported that sources at the Etihad have dismissed the story. They have also claimed there is no appetite to get rid of Pellegrini, despite his poor run in the second half of this season.

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