Manuel Pellegrini has escalated the possibility of moving to Manchester City after confirming that he will leave Malaga at the end of the season.
The Chilean has been heavily linked with the Premier League runners-up since the end of the campaign, and his departure from his current club all but paves the way for his anticipated move to England.
"I'm not leaving because of financial ambition, but because of a project that will let me feel fulfilled," Pellegrini said in a statement. "On Sunday, I will take charge of my last match at the Rosaleda, Everyone has the right to follow their own path.
"I would like to thank the owners of the club for putting their trust in me."
Pellegrini previously managed Villarreal and Real Madrid and, this season, led Malaga into the Champions League quarter-finals where they were knocked out in spectacular circumstances by Borussia Dortmund.
He also managed to guide Villarreal to the Champions League semi-finals during his five-year stay at the Spanish side between 2004 and 2009.
However, in recent seasons it could be argued that his standards haven’t quite been up to scratch: he was sacked by Real Madrid after finishing second to Barcelona in La Liga, and being knocked out early by Lyon in the last 16 stage of the Champions League.
Since his departure, Pellegrini has been linked even more with Man City than on previous occasions in the media and, as a result, will definitely be eyeing up the vacancy if he isn’t already.
Also, Pellegrini may be the prefect manager to take over at the Etihad Stadium, economically at least, as Malaga were hit with money problems for virtually the entirety of the season just gone, yet he still managed to get them to a Champions League quarter-finals - in just two seasons.
The only real problem for Pellegrini, given the swiftness of Roberto Mancini’s departure, is that he may not have two years like he did at Malaga, as his potential predecessor will tell him about the limited time that he’ll have to try and dominate English football, or face the sack.
Either way, this could be the start of a new era at Manchester City.
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