Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini: We'll regain Premier League title

Manuel Pellegrini is confident Manchester City will win the Premier League title next season.

It seems that Manuel Pellegrini is looking to fend off rumours of Pep Guardiola's arrival by filling Manchester City's board and fans with confidence prior to next season's Premier League campaign.

City, who won the Premier League a year ago, lost out by nine points this time around with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea being crowned champions.

The Chilean boss is set to see out the final year of his contract following talks with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak on Sunday amid speculation that he would no longer be in the City hot seat next season.

However, with the Etihad outlet rumoured to be readying a bid to bring Guardiola to the blue side of Manchester when his contract at Bayern Munich expires next summer, Pellegrini may have his work cut out to win a fresh deal.

Now that the season is over and pre-season friendlies await, the current City manager is targeting a second title in three seasons to enhance his chances of staying at the club.

"I am sure we are going to return stronger next season that we are going to recover the title for the Etihad," Pellegrini told the Manchester Evening News.

"The same way that our stadium is growing with the new stand, I think the club completely will grow. There are a lot of important things in our project that we must try to improve every year.

"I always have communication every week with the owners. I know exactly what they think - they know what I think also.

"Every day, we are talking also with [technical director] Txiki Begiristain and [chief executive] Ferran Soriano - so we will see which is the best way to try to improve our squad and try to recover the title."

The Premier League's runners-up kick off their pre-season tour with a fixture against Toronto FC on Wednesday before a trip to Houston Dynamo 24 hours later.

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