While Manuel Pellegrini‘s Manchester City exit is imminent, the veteran manager is leaving the door open for a Premier League stay.
With Pep Guardiola set to take over the City reins in the coming months after his season finishes up with Bayern Munich, Pellegrini will be left out of a job, but likely not for long.
The 62-year old has coached at some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Real Madrid and now City, likely making him a hot commodity for any coaching vacancies that become available this offseason.
Pellegrini admits his time in England has been special, and the prospect of staying isn’t something he can rule out.
“It depends on the mentality of the manager,” he said. “I always remember when I finished with Real Madrid, I had a lot of different options and I chose Malaga because the project was interesting.
“It doesn’t matter which club you are going to, whether it’s a big or a small team, it depends on the project of the club and what they want to develop at the club and the players you can bring to the club.
“There are a lot of interesting things here in England because all the clubs have money to have a good project, so surely a lot of managers will be interested in a lot of clubs.”
While Manchester City has fallen off a bit during the 2015-16 season, Pellegrini is still widely respected as one of the world’s top managers. City currently sits fourth in PL, 15 points off the pace set by surprise leaders Leicester City.
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Potential coaching vacancies at Manchester United and Chelsea could tempt the Chilean, however, United’s opening is expected to be filled by free agent manager Jose Mourinho ahead of next season.