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West Ham appoint Pellegrini as new manager

Pellegrini has signed a three-year-deal with West Ham. Credit: PA

Manuel Pellegrini has signed a three-year contract to become West Ham's new manager.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss succeeds David Moyes, having left Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune over the weekend.

Joint-chairman David Sullivan hailed Pellegrini's track record of winning the Premier League title with City as crucial to his chances of ushering in a new era of success at the London Stadium.

"I am delighted to welcome Manuel Pellegrini to West Ham United," Sullivan said on the club's website. "He is one of the world's most respected football coaches and we look forward to working with him.

"It was important that we appointed someone with knowledge and experience of the Premier League, who already has an understanding - not only of the teams and players we face - but of West Ham United and our ambitions.

"Manuel brings a reputation for attacking football and getting the best out of his players. We believe he will attract new talent to the London Stadium as well as improving the current squad.

"Above all, he is a winner, who knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level and is driven to continue that success. Manuel is the first West Ham United manager to have a Premier League title on his CV, and we believe that his experience, quality and proven record of taking teams forward quickly will ensure that he is successful here."


Pablo Maffeo to leave Manchester City for German side Stuttgart

City defender Maffeo impressed in La Liga this year with Girona Credit: PA

Manchester City right-back Pablo Maffeo is to join Stuttgart on a permanent deal, the clubs have announced.

The 20-year-old Spain Under-21 international will officially make the switch on July 1, on a contract running to the summer of 2023.

Maffeo has made three first-team appearances for City, and had loan spells in each of the last three seasons with Spanish side Girona.

Maffeo said he decided on the switch after speaking to City boss Pep Guardiola based on his experiences with Bayern Munich.

"Pep Guardiola has told me a lot of positive things about the Bundesliga and the VFB officials have been very good with me," Maffeo said.

"Watching videos of their home games, I have seen the importance of VFB and how impressive the atmosphere is in the stadium."


Guardiola wants to keep Aguero at Man City

Guardiola wants Aguero to stay at Man City. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola does not expect club-record scorer Sergio Aguero to leave Manchester City this summer.

There have been reports Aguero's former club Atletico Madrid are preparing an offer to lure the 29-year-old Argentina striker back to the Spanish capital.

Aguero's future has been the subject of recurring speculation throughout Guardiola's two years in charge at the Etihad Stadium but each time the City boss has played it down.

"I think it's not going to happen," said Guardiola. "My desire is it will not happen, but I don't know.

"It's happened many times in these press conferences and I said maybe a thousand times Sergio is going to stay until he decides 'my time here is over'.

"I said it last season and this season many times, and I say it today. That's why I say it isn't going to happen, but in football you never know."

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