Manchester City have taken a step closer to hiring Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager as has been confirmed that he will be leaving Malaga at the end of the season.
The Chilean manager has been speculated since Roberto Mancini’s departure to take over at the Etihad Stadium.
City have been tracking Pellegrini due to his high success with Malaga after he guided them to the Champions League quarter-finals this season.
The 59-year-old has a vast amount of experience, after managing Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga but now it seems that he is ready to add Manchester City to his CV by becoming the first Chilean manager in the Premier League.
“My coaching staff and I are separating from Malaga,” Pellegrini said, quoted on Marca.com.
“Our union with this city will be eternal.
“I’m going for sporting reasons.”
Pellegrini will leave Malaga after a 3 year spell, leaving them in sixth place with two games left to go in La Liga.
Meanwhile, Samir Nasri has praised the manager and has said that he is looking forward to playing under him.
“I think he is a great manager,” said Nasri.
“He proved himself with Villarreal. At Real Madrid as well, even though he didn’t win the title, they finished with 96 points. And at Malaga too.
He went on to say “All his teams play attractive football and I think that’s what people want to see.
“You pay for a ticket to go to football to see something great and he’s the kind of manager who can do it.”
Samir Nasri was linked with a move away from City whilst Mancini was manager, with a move to Monaco looking likely, however he looks set to be staying in Manchester.
On the other hand, after signing a new four-year-deal at Manchester City, Gael Clichy admitted he was shocked when ex-manager Roberto Mancini was sacked.
“For me it’s always difficult as obviously he brought me to the club,” Clichy said.
“It’s the first time a manager has been axed since I’ve been at a club, so it’s a bit of a shock and if you look at his record it’s difficult to understand. He’s won trophies, the title after 44 years. He won the team the first title.
“Many people, particularly the fans, would have wanted to give him another go. But that’s the way it is, we are only football players.”
Pellegrini comes to the Premier League with a reputation of spending big on players, following his spells at Real Madrid and Malaga.
The 59-year-old’s spell at Real Madrid was seen as unsuccessful as they failed to win a trophy under him, despite him bringing in players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema.
He spent only one season at Madrid after he was sacked for finishing league Runners-up to Barcelona, even though they won 31 of their 38 games.
It is rumored that Pellegrini will attempt to bring Malaga’s star asset Isco and Napoli striker Edison Cavani with him to Manchester City.
The pair are expected to cost a combined price of £50million.