Manchester City: Manuel Pellegrini future not for comment - Malaga

Malaga will not comment on manager Manuel Pellegrini's future until their season ends on 1 June, after reports  that he can leave the Spanish club at the end of the campaign.

The 59-year-old is a frontrunner to replace Roberto Mancini as Manchester City boss after his sacking on Monday.

The Chilean has said no deal had been agreed with Manchester City.

"The club will not say anything now. We are still playing our league," said a Malaga spokesperson.

As well as Mancini and assistant manager David Platt, City have announced that coaches Ivan Carminati, Fausto Salsano, Massimo Battara, Angelo Gregucci and Attilio Lombardo have left the club. 

Malaga newspaper Malagaohoy has reported that  Pellegrini will leave the club this summer to sign a two-year deal with City.

Who is Manuel Pellegrini?

  • A defender, Pellegrini spent his entire playing career at Universidad Chile, making over 450 appearances
  • Retired in 1986 and took his first managerial role the following year at Palestino
  • Has taken charge of 10 teams in total including Villarreal (2004-09), Real Madrid (2009-10) and currently Malaga
  • Won league titles in Ecuador and Argentina and the Intertoto Cup with Villarreal in 2004

"There remains some fixtures to qualify for the Europa League, so in this moment, officially, we are not saying anything," said a spokesperson from Malaga's communication department.

"The club has not communicated anything about this. I am not saying [the Malagahoy article] is true or false, I am just saying that the club officially has not said anything.

"I think that other clubs, Manchester City or whatever other club, have finished their season but Malaga has not finished their season.

"Out of respect for the fact that we are still playing to finish the league in a position to play in the Europa League, we will not make a communication that the manager will leave or another will join, until we finish.

"Probably once we qualify for Europa, there may be a communication and we will say more on this subject."

Pellegrini, who has previously had spells in charge of Real Madrid and Villarreal, took charge of Malaga in November 2010.

In his first full season in charge, he guided Malaga to fourth place in La Liga and Champions League qualification for the first time.

Malaga reached the last eight of the Champions League, before being knocked out by Borussia Dortmund, and are currently sixth in La Liga.

Mancini, 48, was sacked as Manchester City manager earlier this week, a year to the day after winning winning the Premier League, and his assistant Platt has also left the club.

The club said  he "had failed to achieve any of the club's targets, with the exception of qualification for next season's Champions League".