LONDON (Sporting Alert) – A deal to install Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini as the new manager of English Premier League side Manchester City has already been finalised, Sky Sports are reporting on Monday.
It is being widely speculated that current manager Roberto Mancini will be sacked this week, following a disappointing season which saw them beaten handily by Manchester United in the race for the EPL title.
The Premier League club remains silent over reports that Mancini would be fired as early as Tuesday, and Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague says the Italian won’t be in charge next season.
“Everything has been agreed,” Balague told Sky Sports.
Manchester City were also dumped out of the Champions League for the second successful season at the group stage, while Mancini’s side was stunned by relegation threatened Wigan in the final of the FA Cup at the weekend, marking a major trophy-less season for a manager who was targeting everything thing this campaign.
City did beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield at the beginning of the season.
Pellegrini, in the meantime, continues to distant himself from the reports that he will be the next Manchester City manager, telling a press conference: “I deny here and now being the new manager of Manchester City.
“I have not signed an agreement with anyone, not with Manchester City, not with Roma, not with Napoli, not with PSG, not with any of the clubs who have been mentioned.
“I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs have shown an interest in me.
“I had a date agreed with Malaga not to talk to anyone and I have no agreement with anyone.
“In the next few days I hope to clarify a bit what the future will be here in the club.”