Pellegrini turned down PSG for City

Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that he has a verbal agreement in place to join Manchester City and that he has turned down Paris Saint-Germain.

The Chilean has found himself linked with a number of clubs in recent months, amid strong work at Malaga, despite their off-the-field financial issues.

In the build up to and then on from announcing that he will be leaving La Rosaleda at the season’s end, Pellegrini has widely been expected to replace Roberto Mancini at City.

In talking to Malaga-based Canal Sur this week, the 59-year-old has seemingly confirmed that Eastlands is his intended destination.

“City have shown a lot of interest in me becoming their new Coach,” Pellegrini commented.

“My agent has spoken at length with them. There is nothing signed still so I cannot say that I am their Coach but I don't see that there will be any problems.

“I have a verbal agreement and I hope that it can be executed.”

Pellegrini revealed that others had been in contact for a summer move too.

“PSG are a very important institution, one of the most important in Europe, and they contacted me, but the priority was to work with Manchester City.”

A move to City would potentially place Pellegrini back in direct competition with Jose Mourinho, who is expected to take over at Chelsea.

The Portuguese has previously been disparaging about the Chilean’s decision to go to Malaga.

“If we meet again then there will be no issue with Mourinho. We are two very different people who do the same job.

“We have different ways of behaving and going about our work. I was proud to come to Malaga, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

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