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Pellegrini due to hold talks with Manchester City

The Chilean confirmed he will meet Etihad officials to discuss becoming Roberto Mancini's successor following a 4-1 defeat to Barcelona in his final game in charge of Malaga.

Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that he will sit down with Manchester City to discuss the vacant managerial role at the Etihad Stadium.

Goal understands the Chilean already has a verbal agreement with the club, but he has publicly stated that he will now talk to City about signing a contract to replace Roberto Mancini.

The 59-year-old's tenure as Malaga boss ended in a 4-1 loss to Barcelona on Saturday, and after the game he confirmed he has agreed to speak to the Premier League runner-up.

"When I reach an agreement I will tell you. I have an agreement to start conversations with Manchester City," he told reporters. "Some rumors will be right, others won't, but I have kept my focus on Malaga until now.

"Now the league is over we will start from Monday to look forward and to see where my future lies."

After an emotional farewell, the former Real Madrid and Villarreal manager admitted it will be hard to say goodbye to Spanish soccer.

"It is going to be hard for me to leave Spain after nine years," he continued. "It's a country that has treated me marvelously well. An important era of my life ends, and my future will surely take me to another country."

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