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Regrets over Man City exit announcement - Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini regrets the timing of his announcement Credit: PA

Departing Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he has regrets over his decision to announce mid-season he was leaving.

The Chilean is in the final few days of his reign at the Etihad Stadium after the club revealed in February he would be replaced by Pep Guardiola.

Pellegrini decided to go public with the revelation he was to leave just minutes before City officially confirmed a new man would take over in the summer but in hindsight he accepts it had a detrimental effect on his players, as he told the Guardian.

At the time City were second, just three points behind Leicester, but they immediately lost three matches in a row in all competitions and eventually finished fourth, 15 adrift of the champions.

After Guardiola said he was coming to England it was my decision (to go public) because all the media was talking about Guardiola here, Guardiola in Arsenal, Guardiola in Manchester United. It was not fair for all managers - when everyone knew he was coming here.

If I ask if I would do that again... I have some doubts. Yes. I am very self-critical about what I do. Always. I don't want to use (this) as an excuse but it was so difficult to work after that - not for me, for the players.

It's impossible to know if it was the right decision but when you see the consequence of losing immediately three games in a row, when you are winning the last five or something....

The most difficult thing in a group is when you break something. Something was broken in that moment.

– Manuel Pellegrini

Demichelis fined after betting breach

Martin Demichelis is out of pocket after accepting an FA charge. Credit: PA

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been fined £22,058 and warned about his future conduct after accepting a Football Association charge in relation to betting on matches.

A statement from the FA read: "The Manchester City defender breached FA Rule E8 in respect of 29 bets placed on football matches between 22 January 2016 and 15 February 2016."

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Man City's Toure in talks with Inter Milan says agent

Yaya Toure could be on his way to Inter Milan. Credit: PA

Yaya Toure's agent has claimed talks are being held with Inter Milan over a summer move.

Speculation about the Manchester City midfielder's future has been an ongoing theme and it appears he could reunite with former City boss Roberto Mancini at San Siro.

Toure, who has a year to run on his contract, was allowed to leave Barcelona by incoming City manager Pep Guardiola in 2010 and agent Dimitri Seluk claims the club are keen to sell the Ivory Coast international.

Seluk told calciomercato.it: "It's true, we're talking with Mancini.

"We're looking for a solution with Manchester City, who want to sell Yaya Toure only up front, not on loan.

"I can't say if there are other teams interested. He has a contract, but nothing special. Inter? It's a good club."

No talks with Pep over Manchester City job - Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini won't speak with Pep Guardiola over Man City job Credit: PA

Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he will not speak to his successor, Pep Guardiola, about the challenges facing the Spaniard next season following his move from Bayern Munich to Manchester City.

The current incumbent leaves the Etihad Stadium club this summer after three years in charge and has all but secured Champions League football for the team next term, with Manchester United needing to win by 19 goals in their final game to leapfrog their rivals.

Pellegrini suggested that Guardiola had enough contacts at the club not to need any further input, while also hinting that he could remain in the Premier League for his next job.

I don't think that we need to speak. He knows perfectly what is this club, he has friends inside here. He is a very important manager in Europe, so I am sure he will have all the information.

This team in the last five seasons always plays Champions League. So I think he will receive a club he deserves, and I am sure that this club will continue improving in the future.

I will now starting thinking about the future, I don't want to decide just in one week. I will see different options. I am fortunate to work in five countries, but the Premier League is the most important in the world.

The stadiums are full capacity, a party every game, fans uniting and singing. The atmosphere. It is important for managers to have this experience.

– Manuel Pellegrini

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Outgoing Man City boss Pellegrini defends record

Manuel Pellegrini is on his way. Credit: PA

Manuel Pellegrini has defended his record at Manchester City as he prepares to leave the club.

The Chilean will take charge of City for the last time on Sunday as they travel to Swansea for their final Premier League game of the season.

Pellegrini has won three trophies in his three years in charge but form in his last season has been inconsistent and a Champions League place has not yet been secured.

But when asked at his final pre-match press conference on Thursday how he felt about his time at the club, the 62-year-old spoke proudly about his achievements.

If we make a summary of the three seasons I was in charge here, we were the team that had more points, we were the team that had better performances as a manager, we were the team that in the three seasons we always scored the most goals.

The only thing that we couldn't be the best at is our defence - that was Chelsea, they conceded just four fewer goals than our team - but the goal difference is huge between us and all the other teams.

During the three seasons, the fans always tell me that they enjoy our games. Of course, it's impossible to play all the games well, but I think the amount of goals we scored in the three seasons, I think it's 50 or 60 more than any other team, so I think that's an entertaining team, and a team that wins titles and one that has progressed in the Champions League.

It's about a style, and for me it's important to be the highest-scoring team for three seasons, to be always in the Champions League and to win three titles.

– Manuel Pellegrini
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