Outgoing Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been offered the Zenit St. Petersburg job but he prefers to remain in England with Newcastle United emerging as a surprise contender for his services.
The Chilean coach’s agent has spoken to the Russian Premier League Champions who are offering a two-year, €4million-a-season (£3.09million) deal.
But reports suggests the 62-year-old City boss is settled in the Premier League and has not ruled out staying even if it means dropping out of the Champions League.
Pellegrini was linked with the Chelsea job after he announced at the start of February that he would step down at the Etihad to make way for Pep Guardiola.
Roman Abramovich’s decision to move for Antonio Conte has closed that door to him but the huge potential at Newcastle is understood to interest the former Real Madrid manager even though it would leave him without European football.
Russian television Life78 reported on Thursday that the Chilean coach is Zenit’s number one choice to take over from Andre Villas-Boas at the Russian Premier League Champions.
The City boss joined the club in 2013 and has won two League Cups and the Premier League. He has also been linked with the Valencia job in Spain where he spent nine years coaching Madrid, Villarreal, and Malaga.
Pellegrini’s final season with Manchester City looks set to end in disappointment as far as the title is concerned with the club currently 10 points off the Premier League top spot following Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat by Liverpool.