Last Updated: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:56
Manuel Pellegrini has been officially confirmed as Manchester City's new manager after signing a three-year contract from June 24.
The 59-year-old Chilean has been expected to take up the role from the axed Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium for some time but he had to wait to finish the Spanish campaign with Malaga before he could make the move.
Pellegrini has been in talks with City director of football Txiki Begiristain and managing director of the academy Brian Marwood in Spain since leaving Malaga and it was reported earlier this week that his appointment was imminent.
And, despite reports on Friday that City would postpone an announcement to avoid paying cash-strapped Malaga £3.2million in compensation, Pellegrini has now been confirmed as the new man at the helm.
Reacting to his appointment Pellegrini said on the club's website: "I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity. The Club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution.
"Everything is in place for Manchester City to continue to be successful and I am excited to be able to work with such a talented squad, the Executive team and the Board to deliver for fans who are renowned for their steadfast support."
Pellegrini has brought his assistant boss Ruben Cousillas from Malaga along with goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor and fitness coach Jose Cabello.
However Brian Kidd, who moved from City's Academy into the first team set up when Mancini was appointed, is being kept on.
"It is important to me that Brian remains part of the coaching team," added Pellegrini.
"He has great football knowledge, knows the league, the players and will be a big part of what we try to achieve. We have spoken and we are all excited to work together."
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