Manuel Pellegrini claimed he is set to open negotiations with Manchester City after finishing the season with Malaga.
The Chilean, whose in his final game, will now begin talks with City.
"I have an agreement to start conversations with Manchester City," Pellegrini said.
"Now the league is over we will start from Monday to look forward and to see where my future lies.
"Some rumours will be right, others won't, but I have kept my focus on Malaga until now."
Pellegrini has worked in Spain since he moved to Villarreal in 2004 and admits he will find it difficult to leave for another country.
He added: "It is going to be hard for me to leave Spain after nine years.
"It's a country that has treated me marvellously well. An important era of my life ends, and my future will surely take me to another country."
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has revealed the club are close to finding Mancini's successor.
Al Mubarak said: "We are pretty much done. We are very close."
Mancini was sacked with two games of the season remaining following City's FA Cup final defeat by Wigan in May.
City won the Premier League in 2012 but finished 11 points adrift of Manchester United this seasons and also failed to get out of the Champions League group phase for the second successive season.