Pellegrini: Future depends on project

Manuel Pellegrini has distanced himself from his agent’s recent comments, confirming that he is happy to stay on at Malaga.

The Chilean’s representative told reporters on Monday evening that the club must make changes if they are to keep the tactician at the club for next season.

“I am very good friends with him, but I am independent from Jesus [Martinez], I have no spokesperson and I’m not behind anyone else to say what I mean,” Pellegrini told COPE radio in response this week.

“Jesus must have had his reasons, I cannot control what he says, these are internal things to be managed internally.

“I cannot predict the future, but there is internal awareness at the club to sort out the project, they have to work on areas and have people of capability.

“My future depends more on what Malaga do externally, I have repeated several times, the situation is the same. I am happy to stay in Malaga and to fulfil the contract.

“I said that when I came here it was to finish my career and to live here. I have a house here. It now depends on having a project similar to the one proposed initially. For me, I am happy to be in Malaga.”

Pellegrini also confirmed that he met with owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani after the Champions League elimination to Borussia Dortmund.

“Yes I have spoken with him. He always transmits tranquillity, we spoke after the game of these issues and there is no problem.

“The refereeing in that game? Watching the television it is highly implausible that the linesman was not able to have seen the two mistakes in the same play.

“Both the linesman and the goalline official were watching. I’m very benevolent with the referees and understand that they can make mistakes, but I believe that those decisions were not hard, but it is not worth continuing to talk about.

“The recognition [of Malaga’s efforts] from the fans has been priceless, there is no value. This group has had to seek greatness through sporting glory, to focus a club that was adrift.”

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