Pellegrini admits Man City deal as Everton cool Martinez talk

MALAGA manager Manuel Pellegrini last night confirmed that he has a verbal agreement to take over at Manchester City next month.

The Chilean, who has spent the last nine years in Spain and also managed Villarreal and Real Madrid, broke his silence on one of the worst kept secrets in football.

“I have a verbal agreement with them [City] and I hope it is carried out,” Pellegrini said. “As of today, I don’t have a signed contract. It is true that Manchester City have shown a lot of interest that I become their coach and I have had conversations with them. Until things have been signed, you cannot say everything is completely done.”

Pellegrini, 59, is set to succeed the sacked Roberto Mancini after the Spanish season ends at the weekend and is thought to want to take young midfielder Isco with him from Malaga to Manchester.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright, meanwhile, insists Wigan’s Roberto Martinez is not the only candidate to replace David Moyes despite planning talks with the Spaniard this weekend.

“There’s no favourite, not at this moment,” said Kenwright. “He’s [Martinez] on the list, no more than on the list.”