The new Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, has said that he had the chance to make a move to England a few years back as well, but, due to some reasons that couldn’t happen.
Pellegrini has been appointed as Manchester City manager recently. This will be his first stint in the Premier League.
Before flying to South Africa for Manchester City’s pre-season tour, Pellegrini talked to the reporters. When asked if this is the first time he was approached by a Premier League club, he said, “No, I had the opportunity to come to England a couple of times before. I was approached by Manchester City by their former owners and then, I got an offer from Liverpool. But, due to some reasons, neither of those deals got finalized.”
The former manager of Manchester City, Roberto Mancini, guided the team to the Premier League title in 2011-12 season and just one year after that, he got sacked. The expectations will be quite high from Pellegrini too. The owners would definitely be expecting him to guide the club to a few titles.
When asked about that, Pellegrini said, “Look, it’s not all about winning titles. It’s about developing the team as well. It’s very important that a manager spends time with young guys and help them learning the skills.”
Manchester City has already spent a lot of money this summer to bring a couple of star players i.e. Jesus Navas and Fernandinho at Etihad Stadium.
When asked about that, Pellegrini said, “It’s good that we have secured the services of some quality players. It’s important that we bring in two or three such players every season, but, they are not going to do it all for us. The young guys will be vital as well.”