World Football Gossip Roundup: Jose Mourinho, Stevan Jovetic, Manuel Pellegrini
Managers step into the spotlight in this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
Jose Mourinho's future plans after he leaves Real Madrid remain mysterious, and the Portuguese seems to like it that way. Which rumor is he fueling now?
Meanwhile, Malaga's Manuel Pellegrini is being linked with multiple Premier League clubs, and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to spend some cash this summer.
Keep reading for all the details on those stories and more.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Roma Interested in Malaga Manager Manuel Pellegrini?
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Manchester City have joined Chelsea and Roma in showing interest in Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini, according to Marca.
Pellegrini, 59, took over as Malaga's manager in 2010. Marca quotes Pellegrini's agent as saying the former Real Madrid boss has turned down an offer in recent weeks:
"Chelsea and other clubs have contacted us, but through intermediaries, nothing official," agent Jesus Martinez is quoted as saying. "Manuel would love to coach in the Premier League, but also in Germany, Italy and other major championships."
Former Manager: Stevan Jovetic to Leave Fiorentina in Summer
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Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic says Serbian forward Stevan Jovetic is "suffering" at Fiorentina and could leave the club this summer (La Gazzetta dello Sport via Goal.com).
Jovetic, 23, joined Fiorentina from Partizan Belgrade in 2008 and has been linked with Manchester City and Juventus. He has scored 11 goals in Serie A this season.
Mihajlovic, 43, served as Fiorentina's manager from 2010 to 2011, when he was fired. He said:
I consider Jovetic to be one of the best players in Serie A, but right now he is not playing at his level. I am no longer in Florence, so I cannot say for sure what the problem is. It’s evident he is suffering because of something and if things don’t change I think he’ll leave at the end of the season.
Bayern Munich Not Planning to Sign Robert Lewandowski?
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Bayern Munich chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club is not planning to sign Polish striker Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund (Bild via Goal.com).
Lewandowski, 24, has been linked with Bayern Munich and Manchester United in recent weeks. His contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in 2014.
Rummenigge denied the rumors, telling Bild: "Bayern are not planning to hold negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Lewandowski."
Lewandowski has scored 14 goals in Germany's Bundesliga this season.
Jose Mourinho Keeps PSG Option Open
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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has declined to rule out a future move to Paris Saint-Germain (via Daily Mail).
Mourinho, 50, joined Real Madrid in 2010. The Portuguese manager has won UEFA Champions League titles with Inter Milan and Porto, and two Premier League titles with Chelsea.
He has come under pressure this season, as Real Madrid have struggled in La Liga. Asked about the PSG job before Real's 2-0 win at home to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, Mourinho said: "It's a possibility but I do not know when. I cannot say when. Why not?"
Arsenal to Have £70 Million in Summer Funds?
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have £70 million to spend this summer, according to various English reports cited by ESPN FC.
Wenger, 63, has drawn renewed criticism recently as Arsenal draw closer to finishing an eighth straight season without a trophy. The Gunners went out of the FA Cup at the weekend, losing at home to Blackburn.
Arsenal are 21 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United but remain alive in the UEFA Champions League. On Tuesday, the Gunners host Bayern Munich.
Wenger, who took over as Arsenal's manager in 1996, has been linked with summer moves for Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes, Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic and Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta.
Wenger's contract expires in 2014.