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Pellegrini: If I don’t get an interesting offer I will quit football

In Manuel Pellegrini’s first interview after exiting Manchester City, the Chilean coach admitted that he might end his football career, unless he is offered a demanding position.

After three years in Lancashire, the 62-year-old is now out of work for the first time since leaving Real Madrid in 2010.

“If I don’t have a really interesting option, I will stop until I find one”, the former City coach told The Guardian.

“If I have to stop [completely], I will stop. It can be now, [in] December, [in] one year or forever. Of course, I would miss it. The challenge keeps me alive.”

Pellegrini is proud of the work he has done with Manchester City, obtaining over 230 points in three seasons.

“We are the best,” he continued, “we played 114 games, won 70, drew 21 – the team that draws the least. We lost 23, the best was Chelsea – 21, just two games less”.

However, the 62-year-old admits that the early announcement of Pep Guardiola being his successor had a negative effect on Manchester City.

“I am very self-critical about what I do, always,” Pellegrini confessed.

“I don’t want to use [this] as an excuse but it was so difficult to work after that. Not for me, for the players”.

While Pellegrini might have now chosen differently with hindsight, he maintains that not giving the news would have had a negative effect on other UK-based managers.

“After Guardiola said he was coming to England it was my decision because all the media was talking about Guardiola here,” he added,” Guardiola in Arsenal, Guardiola in Manchester United.

“It was not fair for other managers – when everyone knew he was coming here.”

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