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Pellegrini: Man City Deal Close

  • Guardian, Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:35 PM

Departing Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has said he has a verbal agreement to join Manchester City next season, although nothing has been made official. In an interview with Spanish radio program Al Primer Toque, the Chilean revealed the advanced talks as well as his excitement at the prospect of returning to England, where he did his coaching course.

"I have always liked challenges and I am very excited by this project," the 59-year-old said. "The idea is to build a project at all levels. The chance to construct an infrastructure is as important to me as simply turning up at a team that has a chance of winning things. For me, the objective is not just titles."

Pellegrini indicated that he understands the style of play that City’s management wants him to deliver. "We know where [Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain] came from [Barcelona] and we know perfectly what kind of approach they are interested in," he said. "We want to win and to entertain."

He also praised the current squad: "City have a great team, a great squad and they have people who are very clear about where they want to go and how the club should develop," he said. "[David] Silva is the kind of player that makes the difference. We will have a squad that can play very good soccer.”

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