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Published: 20:12 | 2/5/16

Pellegrini wants to manage in Italy

Chilean leaves Manchester City at the end of the season

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he wants to manage in Serie A next season.

The Chilean will be replaced as City boss a the end of the season by Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, but the 62-year-old says he is not ready to retire just yet.

"I would like to coach in Serie A. It would be a good experience," he told Mundo Deportivo.

Pellegrini, who has managed in Chile, Ecuador, Argentina and Spain as well as England, says he would be open to a return to La Liga should he receive no offers from Italy.

Pellegrini managed Villarreal between 2004 and 2009, taking The Yellow Submarine to the 2006 Champions League semi-finals, then Real Madrid for the 2009-10 season, before his final spell at a Spanish club, the three years with Malaga between 2010 and 2013.

"I am looking for a new project that would allow me to do my job, and I would not refuse a return to Spain.

"In my life I have never shied away from a challenge.

"When I chose Malaga, I had bigger clubs who were offering me more money, but I decided that I wanted to take that team into the Champions League."

City face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, following last week's goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium, and Los Merengues will be boosted by the return of star player Cristiano Ronaldo for the game in Madrid.

Ronaldo, the competition's all-time top scorer with 93 goals, missed the first leg with a hamstring strain but returned to full training on Monday.

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