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Mirror: Pellegrini rejects Brazil job

  • 16 July 2014 07:51
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There's an unexpected name mentioned in this morning's transfer speculation but apparently, we've nothing to worry about as he's not on the move after all. So who is it?

Well, according to a number of sources - including the Mirror - Manuel Pellegrini has turned down the chance to manage Brazil.

David McDonnell claims: "Reports from Pellegrini’s native Chile claimed the Manchester City boss was asked about the prospect of succeeding Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"'Big Phil' quit on Monday in the wake of hosts and five-time winners Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to eventual winners Germany - a situation not helped by a subsequent 3-0 loss to Holland in the third and fourth place play-off.

"Pellegrini, who led the Blues to the Premier League title and League Cup success last season in his first year in charge, was among the favourites to succeed Scolari, according to El Mercurio in Chile.


"The Brazilian Football Federation are understood to have sounded out Pellegrini through the 60-year-old’s representatives, but were told he would honour his contract with City and was not interested in the role."

I guess that's the end of that story then!

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail believe City are open to the prospect of selling Matija Nastasic.

Writes Chris Wheeler: "Nastasic, signed from Fiorentina for £12m in 2012, had an injury-hit second season at City and the 21-year-old could find himself as the club's fourth-choice centre-back.

"With Dedryck Boyata signing a new deal and teenager Karim Rekik returning after an impressive season on loan at PSV Eindhoven, City accept that Nastasic could be surplus to requirements.

"City captain Vincent Kompany remains first-choice at the club, while Martin Demichelis was part of the Argentina side that reached the 2014 World Cup final."

We'll just have to wait and see, I suppose...

In other news, SkySports must been keen watchers of CityTV, as they have run a story based on one of Alvaro Negredo's answers in yesterday's Q&A session.

They focus on the Beast's response to the question: "Do you really want to leave City?"

Providing some background to the query, the article reads: "It had been suggested that the Spain international could return to his homeland this summer after just one season in England.


"City are looking to generate funds ahead of the imminent arrival of Eliaquim Mangala in another big-money deal.

"Negredo could be among those moved out, with the 28-year-old said to be keen on the idea of a return to La Liga.

"He has, however, taken the opportunity to rubbish the rumours by insisting that he remains fully committed to the Premier League champions."

Negredo told CityTV: "I don't want to leave City. I'm very happy and very settled here.

"I had a difficult end to the season and that's why there has been a lot of talking but I've been very happy here from the first day I arrived."

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That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk again tomorrow for another round-up of City-related media speculation. In the meantime, have you watched the latest Today on Tour video?

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