Last Updated: Mon, 13 May 2013 10:25
Manuel Pellegrini appears keen not to upset Roberto Mancini or fans after denying a deal has been agreed to replace the Man City boss.
The Malaga boss is the choice of City owners and directors to replace Mancini next season but, just as Mancini was portrayed as a back-stabber when he agreed to take the job before Mark Hughes was informed that he was being sacked, Pellegrini's image could be tarnished by the club's handling of the succession.
City fans at Wembley chanted in derogatory terms towards the board on Saturday and the vast majority appear to be behind the Italian, who delivered the club's first trophy for 35 years in 2011 and ended the club's 44-year wait for the title last May.
City are refusing to make any official comment on the reports that the 59-year-old Chilean is set to take over once Mancini's settlement has been agreed, although that appears to be dragging on longer than expected.
After losing the FA Cup final to Wigan on Saturday, Mancini criticised City's owners for not quashing reports that a deal with Pellegrini was done.
But Pellegrini told Malaga's website: "I categorically deny that I am the new Manchester City coach.
"I have an agreement with Malaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other outfit.
"Nothing has been signed and no agreement reached. I've been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs are interested in me.
"I hope the future of this club will become somewhat clearer in the next few days."
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