Manchester City latest: Pellegrini’s trophy hopes and Lescott future

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Manuel Pellegrini met with the media today for the first time since his appointment as Manchester City manager. And his words will have given hope to Blues fans eager for a bright new future.

The former Malaga boss is famed for the style in which his former teams have played, and he intends to bring that same flair to the Etihad.

We will try to be an attractive team,” he said.

As understated as that may have been, there is little doubt the team will do more than just try. Pellegrini will stand for nothing less.

While he refused to prioritise one trophy over the others, the new manager did reserve special comment for the league title.

We have United, Chelsea, Tottenham – five or six teams who are trying to win the league,” he said.

We will try to repeat what we achieved two years ago.”

New signing Fernandinho has also spoken about his recent move, calling his new club one of the best in world football.

In Ukraine, as well as in Brazil, Man City is now considered one of the best teams in the world,” he said, “and after I signed people back home in Brazil congratulated me for signing for one of the top teams in the world.”

While some may raise their eyebrows at such comments, there is little doubt that with Pellegrini in charge, and with Fernandinho and Jesus Navas the first of this summer’s signings, they could soon be well on their way to reaching that status.

One current player whose future has been uncertain for some time is Joleon Lescott.

The England man has previously been linked with a move away from the Blues, but Pellegrini is said to believe the centre-back’s experience is crucial and not to be lost.

With just 12 months remaining on his current deal, there has been talk of an imminent extension. But Lescott will be watching City’s remaining transfer business carefully, with defensive reinforcements reportedly high on the agenda.

Real Madrid’s Pepe was one such target. And while his move has not been sanctioned by Carlo Ancelotti, Pellegrini may be on the look-out for at least one new central defender as he attempts to challenge on all fronts.

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