Manuel Pellegrini: No deal with Manchester City

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Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has denied he has signed a contract to replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City next season, amid reports the Italian will be given the sack in the coming days.

Manchester City entered into Saturday's FA Cup final with Mancini's position at the helm appearing uncertain, and defeat to Wigan prompted further reports that he would be replaced at the end of the campaign.

Mancini is expected to lose his job with Manchester City in the coming days, while Pellegrini is already reported to have agreed to succeed the 48-year-old, despite the former only signing a new long-term deal last summer.

Pellegrini, however, moved to extinguish suggestions that he is already set to become the next manager of Manchester City - releasing a statement via the official Malaga website claiming his future is yet to be resolved.

"I categorically deny that I am the new Manchester City coach," the Chilean explained.

"I have an agreement with Malaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other outfit."

He added: "Nothing has been signed and no agreement reached. I've been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs are interested in me.

"I hope the future of this club will become somewhat clearer in the next few days."

Pellegrini has failed to win any silverware during his nine years as a coach in Spain, but the 59-year-old has taken both Villarreal and Malaga into the Champions League for the first time.

The former Real Madrid boss is also presided over the last team to finish in La Liga's top two outside of the Clasico sides, having achieved a second-placed finish with Villarreal in 2008.

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