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May 15, 2013

Gamez silent on Pellegrini speculation

Malaga right-back Jesus Gamez has refused to comment on speculation that his current boss Manuel Pellegrini is set to take over at Manchester City in the summer.

• City won't rush appointment

Widespread reports in Andalucia have claimed that Pellegrini is due to be released by Malaga at the end of the season, and would then join City as Roberto Mancini's replacement on a two-year contract in July.

The Fuengirola-born defender was asked plenty of questions about the Chilean coach's future at Wednesday's post-training press conference, but would only hint that all would soon be revealed.

"I do not believe that is anything we need to comment on," Gamez said. "If you ask me about my future, I will answer. The boss must make his own decisions. Some things have been uncertain, and bit by bit they are being cleared up."

Malaga's €35million-rated playmaker Isco is also widely expected to follow Pellegrini to Eastlands in the coming weeks. Gamez said allowing such talented young players to leave would be a serious backwards step for the club, which has already sold stars such as Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal to help pay its bills.

"If Isco is sold it will be because the owner sees it as necessary or wants to do it," he said. "Whether we continue to grow is in his hands now. It would be a pity not to continue with this. Having reached where we reached, where nobody could have imagined, is a source of pride for us, and we do not want to take a step backwards. We want to keep moving forward."

Gamez came through the ranks at Malaga and played two seasons with Los Boquerones in La Segunda, so remembers exactly how the club was before current owner Abdullah Al-Thani arrived in 2010.

The defender suggested the onus was now on Al-Thani to provide further financial support to ensure his 'project' at the club did not collapse.

"The future is not in our hands but in those of the owner," he said. "There were some very big hopes, but they have not been fulfilled. We had played a great season and will do everything to close it off. We have to wait, we have done everything possible, but it does not depend on us anymore."

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