Following the news of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini resigning from the club in the summer, talk has been on his next potential destination. He’s rumoured to have had offers from sides in the Premier League, and is sure to attract clubs from his adopted home of Spain.
Where could he go?
European giants such as Chelsea, Real Madrid and Valencia will be mangerless in the summer, while the likes of Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Malaga and Villarreal have been sounded out as potential destinations by the bookmakers too. Pellegrini is 2/1 to be the next Chelsea manager, but it’s unlikely he would become a direct title rival of his old club so soon.
The Chilean coach will be hoping to cap his time with Manchester City exactly how he started it by winning the Premier League title this season. The Sky Blues are still in the race for a quadruple as things stand, with a Capital One Cup final against Liverpool to come next month, but the Champions League is one competition Pellegrini will be most desperate for.
Manuel Pellegrini has a brilliant reputation in the game, and could boost his stock further by signing out of the Etihad Stadium with a trophy haul this campaign. Inconsistency this season in the Premier League coupled with Guardiola’s announcement of his Bayern exit in the summer all led to ongoing rumours, and now the City boss has to weigh up his options.
Chelsea rumours won’t go away
Given the joy he’s hard with Manchester City, and the fact he could leave off the back of a trophy haul, it’s unlikely Pellegrini would be so keen to take a drop down to a side not competing for major honours. There are enough clubs around who would jump at the chance to install the 62-year-old as their manager for 2016/17, so he needn’t rush making a decision.
The lure of the Premier League could well convince him to stay in England if the right job came up, and talk won’t cease on a Chelsea move. The two parties allegedly held talks in mid-December when his future was being speculated about, but it would be a big shock to see Pellegrini’s revealing his future plans so early.
Pellegrini is a coveted manager due to his tireless work rebuilding Manchester City after a torrid season under Roberto Mancini back in 2013, and Chelsea are looking for a similar job when interim boss Guus Hiddink leaves in the summer.