Manuel Pellegrini Rumours: Latest News, Speculation on Manchester City Manager

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Manuel Pellegrini will leave Manchester City at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, and he is to be replaced by Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola. Attention has now turned to Pellegrini's future, with Chelsea and Valencia currently linked to his services.

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Juventus Reportedly Interested in Pellegrini

Monday, Feb. 22

Miguel Delaney of ESPN reported Juventus "have identified [Pellegrini] as Massimiliano Allegri's replacement if the Italian decides to leave the club for Chelsea," citing sources.

Delaney added Juventus "see Pellegrini as an ideal fit to replace Allegri, especially for his technical coaching qualities and the way he oversees squads."


Valencia Reportedly Keen on Pellegrini

Tuesday, Feb. 2

"Pellegrini is a summer target to replace Gary Neville as manager of Valencia after announcing he will leave City," reported Jack Gaughan of the MailOnline.


Chelsea Reportedly Eye Pellegrini

Tuesday, Feb. 2

"Chelsea have added the Chilean to their list of potential candidates to become their next permanent coach following the 62-year-old’s announcement yesterday that he is leaving City at the end of the season," reported Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard.


Guardiola to Replace Pellegrini

Monday, Feb. 1

City confirmed Guardiola's appointment at the expense of Pellegrini. Guardiola made his managerial name by leading an era-defining Barcelona team to success.


Pellegrini Could Take Over for AVB at Zenit

Friday, Jan. 22 

"Pellegrini could be handed an immediate return to management by Zenit Saint Petersburg," reported David Anderson in the Mirror.

"Ambitious Zenit, who face Benfica in the last 16 of the Champions League, want a big-name coach to replace [Andre] Villas-Boas and Pellegrini fits their profile," the report added.

Villas-Boas has already announced that he will be quitting the Russian club at the end of the season after falling out with the Zenit hierarchy.

Zenit certainly look like a feasible option for Pellegrini, as they are a major European club with lofty Champions League ambitions.

One of the reasons City brought him in was because of his success with Malaga in Europe's premier club competition—he took the relative minnows to within minutes of a semi-final spot in 2012-13.

Pellegrini has turned City into a far more robust Champions League club, taking them through the group stages in all three of his seasons in charge.

Thus, he could be an ideal fit at Zenit as they look to expand on their regular domestic success.