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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


Starting XI's: Swansea v Man City

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

Sagna: Man City players to blame for failure

Bacary Sagna has admitted to City's flaws. Credit: PA

Bacary Sagna accepts Manchester City will only have themselves to blame if they miss out on Champions League qualification.

City are in danger of dropping out of the Premier League top four after winning just one of their last four games in that competition.

Their latest setback was a 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday and their destiny is now out of their hands.

If rivals Manchester United win their game in hand against West Ham on Tuesday, City will have been pushed down to fifth before their final game of the season at Swansea.

It's very disappointing, especially with the way we started the season. But we are to blame.

We had everything in our hands to be the best and I believe if we play like we did against Arsenal we are the best team - but we have to play like this all season.

But this is the past now and we have to keep our heads up. We can still make it happen.

We have to recover, work well during the week and take the three points against Swansea. Then we will see what happens with the other results.

– Bacary Sagna


Vincent Kompany to miss start of 2016/17 season

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to miss the start of next season, according to a Belgian physio who has examined him.

Kompany suffered the injury during City's Champions League defeat in Madrid. Credit: PA

The Belgium defender limped out of City's Champions League loss at Real Madrid after just 10 minutes with a thigh injury in midweek and has already been ruled out of Euro 2016.

Now, according to Lieven Maesschalck, a former Belgium national team physio who is reportedly close to Kompany, the 30-year-old could be sidelined for four months.

That would rule him out until September and see him miss the start of Pep Guardiola's reign as City manager.

As yet there has been no confirmation from the club regarding the extent of the injury with the previous update coming from the player himself.

Maesschalck told Belgium's Radio 1: "I saw Kompany on Thursday. It was very clear - he has a complete tear of the slender thigh muscle. He has been operated on yesterday and it will take about four months to get match-fit again."

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