EPL :Pellegrini targets a job at Man City rivals
Manuel Pellegrini targets Chelsea job but faces fight to convince Blues to snub Italian duo
MANUEL PELLEGRINI is eyeing the vacant Chelsea job after letting it be known he wants to stay working in the Premier League.
Pellegrini will leave his job at Manchester City at the end of the season after the club announced they have appointed Pep Guardiola on a three-year-deal.
And his preferred option is to carry on working in England — with the Chelsea job the ultimate prize in his mind and even Manchester United.
His agent Jesus Martinez said: “The Premier League remains the most exciting for him. He has spent three wonderful years (at City) and he is crazy about this competition.
“He will listen and discuss the offers he gets and then will make a decision. Right now he has not had any offers on the table. He is open to all kind of challenges, not just at Chelsea, United or the rest of the big teams.”
The Chilean turns 63 this year but has no thoughts of winding down his career, and he has already turned away approach to manage his home country in favour of continuing in club football.
Both Pellegrini and City expect several offers to come his way over the remaining four months of the season, and privately the club have indicated to him they will not block him entering talks elsewhere.
Chelsea are understood to be aware of the former Real Madrid manager’s position and have not ruled him out of taking over on a permanent basis in the summer.
But Italian pair Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte are believed to be the preferred option if Guus Hiddink fails to prove he can take the job on a full-time basis.
Allegri has impressed Roman Abramovich since taking charge of Juventus two years ago, while Conte will be free once Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign is over.
If no Premier League role comes up, Pellegrini will then turn his attentions to Spain where former clubs Malaga and Villareal have already shown interest.
And his agent Martinez has also hinted he could be interested in succeeding Gary Neville at Valencia in an interview on Spanish radio.
Martinez said: “Pellegrini loves the atmosphere of the Mestalla.”
Source : The sun Football