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Pellegrini tipped to take Chilean midfielder back to Manchester City

Would Manuel Pellegrini really bring David Pizarro back to Manchester City?

David Pizarro has welcome memories of his time at Manchester City - he was at the club when they clinched the Premier League title last season.

It was a brief spell, he only made five Premier League appearances, with one assist against Sunderland his most telling contribution.

Roberto Mancini overlooked him for the club's final six games of the season, their winning run - and he headed back to Italy as a mere footnote on their title triumph.

Fiorentina signed him on a free transfer last summer, and he enjoyed a strong largely injury free season playing 29 Serie A games as the club finished fourth.

He only signed a two-year deal last summer and so has just one left, and there is already speculation as to whether he will move on once again.

Back in his native Chile, his uncle has been speaking to the press and has tipped him for a sensational return to Manchester City.

He describes it as one of two possible options, and is sparked by the fact their incoming coach Manuel Pellegrini also happens to hail from Chile.

Speaking to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, Pizarro's uncle Auriel Cortez explained that the player had changed his autographs to include the number 10 instead of eight.

He said: "Before signing autographs with 8, now changed to 10 because that will be the number to be filled in the selection of the club he is going to, I think the Manchester City of Manuel Pellegrini or Roma."

City's current number 10 is Edin Dzeko who has been widely tipped to leave the club this summer with Dortmund and Napoli linked, but no firm offers are believed to have been made so far.

However Roma's number 10 is Francesco Totti, and he certainly isn't likely to be leaving, so based on the information Cortez has provided, City are by far the more logical explanation.

At 33-years-old, Pizarro may be a bit of a perplexing signing for City, especially one to hand the number 10 shirt to, so we'd recommend taking his comments with a pinch of salt.

City fans what would you think of Pizarro returning as short-term option under Pellegrini? What are your memories of him?

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