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Valencia confident of landing Manuel Pellegrini

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has emerged as the front-runner for the Valencia job this summer, with Plaza Deportivo claiming there have been further conversations between the Chilean and Spanish club in recent weeks.

Valencia are determined to hire an experienced coach after the failed Gary Neville experiment, and Pellegrini is viewed as the perfect candidate, especially as there will be no compensation due and he has enjoyed successful stints at Villarreal and Málaga. Pellegrini is said to appreciate the offer from Valencia, and has been considering it, despite a preference to remain in the Premier League.

An approach from Chelsea, who are thought to be considering Pellegrini along with Italian coaches Allegri and Conte, could be the only thing that slows down a return to Spain for Pellegrini.

Negotiations between Valencia and Pellegrini’s camp are reported to be progressing, and if Chelsea’s don’t follow up on their interest, the Mestalla could be the 62-year-old’s next destination in management.

Plaza Deportivo state, via sources in Chile, that there is confidence from Valencia that a deal could be done soon. If Pellegrini decides on another option, Valencia have Rafa Benitez and Quique Sánchez Flores shortlisted.

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