Manuel Pellegrini has been approached by Chelsea to become manager at the end of the season according to his agent.
Pellegrini is the current boss of La Liga side Malaga, the Spanish ‘giants’ who have been excluded from European football for a year because they can’t pay their wages or tax.
Well, Chelsea fans, you just need to do a bit of maths here to work out that this coach could be the guy taking over from Rafa Benitez at the end of the season.
However, Pellegrini feels about Malaga, there is no getting round the fact his vision and possibly his position have been dented by the financial predicament the Spanish club now have.
Pellegrini has been in La Liga since 2004 and has even had a stint at Real Madrid but his agent has now claimed that he is ready for a move to the Premier League.
“Chelsea and other clubs have asked, but nothing else official has been said. Manuel would love to manage in the Premier League - Manuel has a contract with Malaga. I believe that in April or May we will know clearly what will happen with his future,” Jesus Martinez told El Mercurio.
The reason other clubs have failed to grab his interest is seemingly because they’ve wanted him to jump ship in the middle of the season.
This is something Chelsea have made quite clear that they are not prepared to consider because Rafael Benitez has been well and truly appointed until the final game of Chelsea’s season.
The timing just fits and it could be a good move for the West London side to gain a manager who is perfectly suited to getting the best out of the small and dynamic ball players currently in the Chelsea midfield.
There is also a very good reason Chelsea should want Pellegrini to become their new boss and that comes in the form of talented midfielder Isco.
Isco could find a move away from Malaga much easier if he is able to follow his former boss. Bear in mind this is a player who has said he’ll only leave Malaga if it financially helps the club.
There are still several months of the season left and most Chelsea fans will desire a return for Jose Mourinho much more than they will desire Pellegrini taking over. If Mourinho’s future at Real Madrid becomes untenable then things may change but Chelsea could do a lot worse than the 59-year-old Chilean.
Chelsea fans, would you be happy with Pellegrini as boss?
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