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Manuel Pellegrini agrees three-year deal as Manchester City manager

Updated: Friday, 14 Jun 2013 16:37 | Comments

Manuel Pellegrini will begin at City on 24 June
Manuel Pellegrini will begin at City on 24 June

Manchester City have finally confirmed the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager.

The Chilean's arrival has been widely expected since 2012 Premier League-winning boss Roberto Mancini was sacked a month ago.

The 59-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at the Etihad Stadium and will officially take up his post on June 24.

Pellegrini arrives from Spanish side Malaga, whom he guided to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.

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."

Pellegrini had been linked with City even before Mancini's departure and the club did not deny interest after deciding to make the change.

Pellegrini's appointment was expected to be ratified soon after his final Malaga match on June 1, but the club are not understood to have been concerned by the delay since.

Reports have suggested there may have been a hitch over the terms of his exit from Malaga, but obstacles may have been removed after the Spanish club confirmed Bernd Schuster as Pellegrini's successor.

Pellegrini has more than 25 years' managerial experience.

Prior to moving to Malaga he led Villarreal to the last four of the Champions League as well as a second-placed finish in La Liga.

Those feats attracted the attention of Real Madrid and he spent a single season in charge at the Bernabeu before making way for Jose Mourinho in 2010.

He also arrives at City with a good reputation for man-management, something which will have been a key factor in his appointment. The club did have concerns in this area under Mancini.

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