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Manuel Pellegrini could stay in Premier League after Manchester City exit

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said he could stay in the Premier League next season if a club approaches him with "a good project."

Pellegrini, who leaves City at the end of the current campaign to be replaced by Pep Guardiola, told the Sunday Telegraph he would be open to the idea of continuing his career in England's top division.

The Chilean, who has already been linked with clubs including Zenit St Petersburg, said: "There are a lot of interesting things here in England because all the clubs have the money to have a good project, so a lot of managers will be interested in a lot of clubs.

"With the new rights from the TV deal, you have more money and all the teams here in England can pick good players."

Pellegrini added that his next club would not necessarily have to have qualified for European football next season, explaining: "It's very important not to play in the midweek because then you can work with your teams.

"It's impossible to do that work when you are just playing, playing, playing.

"Those teams who are not involved in Europe can work during the whole week, so I'm sure this season with Leicester, and next season, we will see a couple more teams involved with the title."

But he said summer managerial moves would "depend on the mentality of the manager," adding: "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 and what they want to develop at the club and the players you can bring to the club."


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