Friday 24 November 2017

I want to stay in the Premier League, insists Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini intends to stay in the Premier League. Photo: Getty
Manuel Pellegrini intends to stay in the Premier League. Photo: Getty

Jason Burt

Manuel Pellegrini has declared that he wants to remain in the Premier League when he leaves Manchester City but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will revive their previous interest in him.

Chelsea spoke to Pellegrini, who was then coaching Malaga, in the spring of 2013, before bringing Jose Mourinho back to the club. It then transpired that Pellegrini had also been in negotiations with City to replace Roberto Mancini.

It is unlikely that, despite having his admirers at Chelsea, the club will employ a manager who has effectively been sacked to make way for Pep Guardiola, who has long been Roman Abramovich's dream appointment.

Pellegrini (62) will not be short of offers. A return to La Liga is also entirely possible - with Gary Neville's contract due to end at Valencia when this season finishes - while Portuguese club Benfica are also showing ambition.

The Chilean, who last summer signed a 12-month extension to a contract due to run out this June, candidly revealed yesterday that he would not be staying at City ahead of tonight's clash against Sunderland.

"I talked to the club and I will finish my contract on the original date," he said. "We signed a contract for one more year, but with a clause that one of the club or me cannot use that extended contract. So I will finish here on the original date.

"They are not doing anything behind me. I knew this a month ago. But I don't think it's good, this rumour and speculation about different things.

"I would prefer to finish the speculation today.

"That's why I told the press, I told the players and I spoke with the club two weeks ago saying that I would do it."

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