Manuel Pellegrini considered by Chelsea as Rafael Benitez replacement

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini
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Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has been approached by Chelsea over becoming their next permanent boss, according to his agent.

Chelsea have made contact with Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini over becoming the club's next permanent boss, according to his agent Jesus Martinez.

The Blues are expected to be without a manager at the end of the season following interim boss Rafael Benitez's announcement that he will part ways with the West London outfit in the summer.

"Chelsea and other clubs have asked, but only through intermediaries, nothing official," Martinez told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.

"Manuel would love to coach in the English Premier League, as he would in Germany, Italy and other important leagues. Manuel has a contract with Malaga. I think that, in April and May, we will be clear about what will happen with his future."

Pellegrini has also been linked with Manchester City.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini
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