Ex-Madrid boss will definitely be leaving his current employers this summer.
Malaga head coach Manuel Pellegrini has given his strongest hint yet that he will be replacing the recently departed Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini in the Eastlands dug-out as of next season, reports the Daily Mirror.
The experienced Chilean has just the one more match left in charge of the high-flying Liga outfit, away at Spanish champions FC Barcelona on Saturday, after which it is expected that the mega-rich Premier League club will confirm Pellegrini as their new trainer.
The 59-year-old has been in charge of Malaga for two-and-a-half years, having arrived as La Rosaleda in November 2010, and in the intervening period he has brought great success to the club.
Not only did Pellegrini manage to steer Malaga into the Uefa Champions League in his first full season in charge, but he then unexpectedly guided the Spanish minnows into the knockout stage of Europe’s premier club competition this campaign, only to lose in heartbreaking fashion to eventual beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund in the last eight.
And now Pellegrini has hinted that Manchester could be his next port of call, saying: “I’m fortunate to have some very good options and Manchester City is one of them.”