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Pellegrini new favourite for Chelsea hotseat

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The front-runner for the Chelsea managerial job has changed for the umpteenth time and it is Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini who is being touted for a move to Stamford Bridge this summer after Rafa Benitez revealed that he will quit the club at the end of the season.

Pellegrini has established his place among the top managers in Europe after a wonderful last season at Malaga, as he led the La Liga side to their first ever Champions League. Malaga dominated in the group stages of the tournament, finishing ahead of AC Milan, Zenit St. Petersburg and Anderlecht in Group C. Their league form has also been in line with last season as they currently sit in fourth despite losing several key players over the last year.

 

Pellegrini’s agent Jesus Martinez was quoted by ESPN FC as saying, “Chelsea and other clubs have asked, but only through intermediaries, nothing official. Manuel would love to coach in the English Premier League, as he would in Germany, Italy and other important leagues. Manuel has a contract with Malaga. I think that, in April and May, we will be clear about what will happen with his future.”

The Malaga boss even turned down an offer from Serie A side Roma during the winter and although he expressly stated that he was focused on his job at Malaga, he is being viewed as the front-runner for the Chelsea vacancy.

Jose Mourinho is also linked with a return, while David Moyes and Michael Laudrup are also said to be potential options for a move to Chelsea this season. Roman Abramovich is an unpredictable man and it will be interesting to see who the Russian chooses after losing out on first choice Pep Guardiola earlier this year.