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Pellegrini denies Man City link

ESPN staff
February 26, 2013

Manuel Pellegrini has stressed that reports linking him as a potential replacement for Roberto Mancini at Manchester City are wide of the mark.

The Malaga coach has impressed this season, taking the Primera Division side into the last-16 of the Champions League and keeping them in contention to qualify again next year despite financial setbacks.

Mancini's future at City is considered to be insecure following their early exit from the Champions League for a second season in a row and poor Premier League form which has seen them fall 12 points behind Manchester United.

But Pellegrini, who has also been linked with Chelsea, has distanced himself from a potential move to England.

He said: "I don't care about these rumours. Both the squad and my staff are entirely focused in our duties here.

"We are happy in Malaga and our future will depend on this club. Regarding hypothetical offers, I haven't dealt anything with anybody and this is not my concern right now."

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