Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that focus now shifts away from Malaga and towards his future: “I have an agreement to being talks with Manchester City.”
The 59-year-old oversaw his last game as Malaga Coach on Saturday evening, in a 4-1 defeat at Barcelona on the final day of the Spanish League season.
“It is going to be hard for me to leave Spain after nine years,” reflected Pellegrini to reporters.
“It's a country that has treated me wonderfully. Here an important era of my life ends, and my destination for the future will certainly be in another country.
“From now on, as the League is ended, which for us was actually last week, we will now look forward to see where my future lies.
“When I reach an agreement, I will say something definite.
“I do not want to confirm anything because I think it would not be proper to speak based on speculation.
“I have an agreement to being talks with Manchester City. Some rumours will be right, others won't be.
“But up until now, my focus has been on Malaga.
“For the problems we have had this season, it has been very positive, and exciting from the point of view of the Malaga fans.
“We could have ended the season better [than with a 4-1 defeat to Barcelona], we had chances to score and keep the scoreline a little closer, but they were very effective.
“Congratulations to Barcelona for their great campaign, especially to Tito Vilanova in such a difficult year, who has managed to make such an extraordinary campaign.”