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May 31, 2013

Pellegrini wants City to entertain

Manuel Pellegrini has spoken of his excitement at the "great project" at Manchester City and promised to produce a team that plays "very good football".

The 59-year-old Malaga manager, set to be named as the new City boss once the La Liga season ends this weekend, said he wanted to entertain as the club attempt to regain the Premier League title from Manchester United next season.

Pellegrini will succeed Roberto Mancini - who was sacked a year after winning the league on the final day of the 2011-12 season - after reaching a verbal agreement with City, with paperwork set to be signed in the next few days.

"Manchester City have offered me a great project," he said. "Hopefully, it becomes official. There is nothing signed still, so I cannot say that I am their coach, but I don't see that there will be any problems.

"If it happens, Manchester City will have a team that will play very good football. City have a great team and a clear plan on how things will develop. This motivates me."

He said he had been flattered by speculation linking him with a string of clubs, adding: "Paris Saint-Germain is a very important institution - one of the most important in Europe. They put themselves in contact, but the priority was to work with Manchester City."

Pellegrini is expected to bring Malaga playmaker Isco with him to Manchester, with Malaga - whose financial future remains uncertain - likely to receive a fee of around £20 million.

He said the playmaker has "tremendous potential", adding: "He will go as far in football as he wants to go."

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