Soon to be unemployed Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini apparently is not planning on taking a break from the game and is ready for whatever challenge comes next. And while he'd like to stay in the Premier League and probably would prefer a "big" club, he's open to other options as projects as well. Here's his agent Jesus Martinez beating the war drums.
"The Premier League remains the most exciting for Manuel. He's had three wonderful years and he's crazy for that competition."
"Pellegrini is open to all sorts of challenges. He's had major challenges such as Malaga, which was wonderful. We talk about projects, not whether something is beautiful or ugly, because who could say Real Madrid is not a beautiful club from the outside? But then we see it's not so remarkable when it turns into a coach shredder."
-Jesus Martinez; source: Radio Bio Bio via Goal
While the agent claims that there are no offers on the table, he does also claim that there's plenty of serious interest, some including potential offers, even. It's an interesting distinction to draw, which leads me think he's mostly just B.S.-ing. Or he could be in preliminary talks already. Pellegrini did seem a tad bit too accepting and nonchalant about the whole Guardiola announcement press conference, as if he already might have something lined up. (I could be reading far too much into his normally mild mannerisms of course.)
"There are clubs that have approached us, but we have nothing in particular. [...] Chelsea is one of the clubs with which we're having this conversation, and [they] showed him a very attractive offer."
Five years ago, Chelsea looked into Pellegrini as possible technician, [but] I think there are many more options to take the position at this time. Everything depends on the owner (Abramovich) and the president of the club (Bruce)."
-Jesus Martinez; source: El Mercurio
The agent also claims concrete interest from Valencia, while the option of Zenit St. Petersburg and perhaps even Manchester United could also be possible.
Pellegrini has certainly had plenty of success in his career, though his reputation, at least in England, seems to be one of somebody who fails to get the most out of his squad rather than somebody who leads teams to glory.