Reports: Manuel Pellegrini in talks to become AC Milan manager
Manuel Pellegrini is in talk to become the new manager of AC Milan as the Italian club is on the verge of being taken over by a Chinese group, who hope to restore the Milanese club back to the top. The new regime wants to bring in a marquee manager in the form of Manuel Pellegrini, who won a led Manchester City to the Premier League title in 2013/14.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Rossoneri have turned their attention to the Chilean, who parted company with Manchester City after his contract ran out. He will be replaced by two -time Champions League winning manager, Pep Guardiola, who delivered three Bundesliga titles to Bayern Munich in three seasons.
The Italians were supposed to go for current Sevilla boss Unai Emery, but have been dealt a massive blow in their pursuit of the man after he became Paris Saint-Germain’s no.1 priority. The former Manchester City and Real Madrid boss meanwhile is supposedly keen on a spell in Italy.
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The Chilean had made his desire of going to Italy sometime before their Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid when he said: "Serie A is where all coaches have ambitions of going," He added: "But that's not something I'm thinking of right now.
"Right now, the only reason I want to go to Milan is to play the final of the Champions League and win it. Only after then will we found out what my future holds,” he concluded.
Former AC Milan midfielder Cristian Brocchi was named as the manager of the club only in April, but the talks of new Chinese investors pumping in money and the availability of a winning manager has made the club lick their lips.
It was widely rumoured that the Chilean was in talks with the Everton chiefs, with whom he also had an interview, but the club has since turned their attention to acquiring the services of Southampton boss Ronald Koeman.
The Chilean has had an illustrious career as a manager managing the likes of River Plate, Villareal, Real Madrid and Malaga before stepping into the Etihad to take on the reins at Manchester City.
Pellegrini was instrumental in making Malaga and Villareal into formidable outfits who have had some of their most memorable seasons under the 62-year-old. The Chilean is known for his attacking style of play, which was evident when his Manchester City side surpassed the 100 goals barrier in just 34 league games in their title winning season.