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Pellegrini hopeful on new signings

Manuel Pellegrini has indicated that Manchester City are likely to make more signings before the start of the new Premier League season.

New manager Pellegrini has already put his stamp on the squad he inherited from former boss Roberto Mancini, having recruited Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho and Spanish winger Jesus Navas from Shakhtar Donetsk and Sevilla respectively.

However, the Chilean has admitted that he will try to bring more players to the Etihad Stadium before last season’s runners-up get their Premier League campaign under way against Newcastle on August 19, with the likes of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic being heavily linked with the club.

“We will try to have a very good squad this year so, as you say, we are in the market. We don’t know at this moment who is going to come here but we are trying to get the best players for us to add to our squad,” Pellegrini said.

“I don’t know if before we finish here in South Africa other names will arrive to our squad. Maybe in the next few days we can have fresh news but at the moment I cannot tell you what you ask.”

City have now arrived in South Africa for the first leg of their pre-season tour that will also see them travel to Hong Kong, Munich and Helsinki.

Pellegrini has taken a squad of 30 players with him to the southern hemisphere, but there are two notable omissions.

“Jesus Navas and David Silva are still on their holidays. They’ve just finished the Confederations Cup some days ago, they have at least 21-25 days holiday,” the 59-year-old added.

Thu 11 July, 2013
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