With the rumour mill buzzing about a potential replacement for Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium, financial issues may necessitate the Chilean's departure from La RosaledaManuel Pellegrini admits that he may be forced to leave Malaga in the summer despite his wish to stay following speculation linking him to Manchester City.
The Spanish club have been plagued with financial difficulties in recent years, leading to their ban from European competition next season after failure to pay outstanding bills.
And, despite stressing that he wants to stay, the Chilean coach has revealed that it may not be possible given the monetary current situation.
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"I have already made it clear that it is not ideal to end the season in this way. We are in unusual circumstances."
The Chilean, who guided his side to the Champions League quarter-finals this season, added that speculation linking him to other clubs is normal at this stage of the season.
He insists that he remains focused on helping Malaga - currently sixth in La Liga - achieve a European place, should Uefa overturn its decision to exclude the club from European competition.
"Being linked to other clubs doesn't annoy me or make me feel uncomfortable - it's something that usually happens every year," he added.
"We are just concentrating on making sure the team finishes in the European places. Malaga's main concern must to focus only on reaching the objectives we set at the start of the campaign."