Manuel Pellegrini seems to be eyeing a move to Naples, if his Manchester City reign comes to an end this summer. Also, his agent has point-blank refused to rule out his client moving to Italy this year.
The Chilean’s future at the Etihad stadium has seem to become unclear, due to Manchester City’s prospect of not winning any silverware this year.
City are now five points adrift from league leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand vs. Leicester still to come. Next week. they travel to Spain to play their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 second leg vs. Barcelona, in which they are 2-1 down on aggregate.
Pellegrini has said he doesn’t think not winning silverware will lose him his job, but his agent states that he is unsure on what the intentions of the Manchester City’s hierarchy actually are.
PSG were rumoured to being interested in the City boss, but progressing into the next round of the Champions League has strengthened Laurent Blanc’s position at the Parc de Princes.
“Manuel has another year on his contract, and he intends to respect it,” Martinez (Pellegrini’s agent) told an Italian radio station.
“Pellegrini has Italian roots, he’s also been on holiday in Naples. He’s a lover of the language and culture. He greatly appreciates Italy and Neapolitan culture.
“Could he replace Benitez? Pellegrini does not allow me to talk about him in relation to a position at a club which already has a coach under contract.
“We have to wait a few more months, then if [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis calls, we’ll discuss it.”