Many of the top clubs in Europe have been in a mad pursuit of current Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini, most notably Manchester City. However it seemed the two years remaining on his contract and a €4 million release clause was throwing a wrench in many of those teams plans.
Its been reported that Malaga will waive the release clause, opening the door wide for Manchester City to move forward with their top choice to replace Roberto Mancini. Pellegrini has downplayed the possibility of joining the club in recent weeks, but this recent development makes it clear a tentative transaction is in place.
The 59 year-old Chilean has coached at both Real Madrid and Villareal, and enjoyed success at a number of South American clubs. He has also been linked to the Chelsea position, as it is widely expected that the Blues administration will not have Rafa Benitez return.
Roberto Mancini was upset heading into Saturday’s FA Cup final between Wigan and Manchester City, believing his club hadn’t done enough to deflect reports of him being replaced. It turns out there was reason behind the club’s actions.
Mancini was sacked on Monday, despite his outspoken confidence that he would remain the Blues manager following City’s disappointing loss to Wigan. His firing only served to strengthen the position of floating rumors that Málaga’s current coach, Manuel Pellegrini, would take his place.
However, Pellegrini publicly came out and denied the reports following his team’s match against Sevilla. “I categorically deny that I am the new Manchester City coach,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big Clubs are interested in me. I have an agreement with Málaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other outfit.”
Despite his statement, it is widely believed that an agreement has already taken shape and Malaga will soon be in the running for a new manager.