Last Updated: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:34
New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he first had chance to take charge at the club six years ago.
City's hierarchy this summer identified Pellegrini as the man they believe is best equipped to help deliver on a stated ambition of winning five trophies in the next five seasons.
Yet he might already have been in place had former owner Thaksin Shinawatra lured him from Villarreal in 2007 before turning to Sven-Goran Eriksson.
And that was not 59-year-old Pellegrini's only brush with the Barclays Premier League, with Liverpool also apparently interested three years ago.
In 2010, after Rafael Benitez left Anfield, Pellegrini was available following his dismissal by Real Madrid but Malaga proved his next destination.
The Chilean, speaking as he was formally unveiled as City's new boss, said: "I had twice chances to arrive here before.
"One was to Manchester City but with the other owners, not these owners. Liverpool, I was very near, after Real Madrid, to arrive at Liverpool.
"But for different things, it was not the moment. Now it is the right moment with the right club."
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