Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pellegrini Always Knew Pep Was Blues Target

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pellegrini Always Knew Pep Was Blues Target

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MANUEL Pellegrini has given an insight into just how long City's pursuit of Pep Guardiola went on for.

The club had previously indicated they tried to sign the Catalan coach four years ago and their former manager has confirmed it went on for at least that length of time. It was announced in January 2013 that Guardiola would be taking over at Bayern Munich rather than coming to Manchester, and Pellegrini's arrival at the Etihad came later that year.

The Chilean succeeded the popular Roberto Mancini after his acrimonious departure from the club and took charge for three years.

"When they signed me, [Manchester] City were very clear with me," he said.

"They came for me and they told me that they wanted Pep Guardiola or me.

"Guardiola did not want to sign and I did it for three years. …

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