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Pellegrini takes the reins at Manchester City

The Chilean has agreed a three-year deal with the Premier League outfit.

Pellegrini.
Pellegrini.
Image: Fábio Poço/Atlantico/Press Association Images

MANCHESTER CITY HAVE confirmed the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager.

The 59-year-old Chilean, who has managed Real Madrid and Villarreal in the past and led unfancied Malaga to the Champions League last 16 last season, was hotly-tipped to succeed Roberto Mancini and joins on a three-year deal.

In a statement released by City, he said: “I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity. The Club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution.

Everything is in place for Manchester City to continue to be successful and I am excited to be able to work with such a talented squad, the Executive team and the Board to deliver for fans who are renowned for their steadfast support.”

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak added: “Manuel is a hugely experienced and successful manager with a proven track record.”

Pellegrini will be tasked with wrestling back the Premier League title from city rivals Manchester United as well as making an impact in Europe with City’s expensively-assembled squad.

Spanish international Jesus Navas has already been added in recent days and further arrivals are expected in the coming weeks.

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