Manuel Pellegrini Hints at Future Plans Amid AC Milan Interest and Potential Chile Job

Manuel Pellegrini, Real Betis manager, expresses interest in Chile national team job, but remains committed to his current club. Linked to AC Milan, he welcomes the interest but prioritizes his Betis contract.

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Manuel Pellegrini Hints at Future Plans Amid AC Milan Interest and Potential Chile Job

Manuel Pellegrini Hints at Future Plans Amid AC Milan Interest and Potential Chile Job

Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean manager currently at the helm of Real Betis, has recently addressed speculation about his future plans, including reported interest from AC Milan and the possibility of taking over the Chile national team in 2024. In an extensive interview with DSports, the 71-year-old coach expressed satisfaction provided insights into his career aspirations and thoughts on various topics.

When asked about a potential return to his home country, Pellegrini expressed a preference for managing the national team rather than a domestic club. "I see myself returning to Chile more towards the national team than a club," he stated, while acknowledging that the availability of the position would depend on the success of current Chile manager Ricardo Gareca's four-year tenure. Pellegrini also admitted that he would find it "very difficult" to return to a club in South America, as his "desire for the national team" remains strong.

Regarding the rumors linking him to AC Milan, Pellegrini welcomed the interest, stating that being considered for important teams is always significant for a career spanning many years. However, he emphasized his happiness at Real Betis, where he has two years remaining on his contract, which he hopes to fulfill. "Being considered for important teams is a source of pride and keeps me relevant, but my focus is currently on my work with Real Betis," Pellegrini said, addressing the Milan links.

Despite Real Betis' irregular season, currently sitting seventh in the league table with 48 points, Pellegrini expressed his motivation to continue improving and delivering for institutions or the national team. He also spoke positively about Gareca's arrival as the Chile national team manager and recalled his own time at Universidad de Chile, describing it as a very special club for him, although he is unlikely to return.

Why this matters: Pellegrini's comments shed light on the potential future of a highly respected and experienced manager in the world of football. His interest in the Chile national team job, coupled with the reported interest from AC Milan, highlights the ongoing demand for his services and the impact his decisions could have on both club and international football.

As speculation continues to surround Pellegrini's future, the Chilean manager remains focused on his current role at Real Betis. While he acknowledged the pride in being linked to a prestigious club like AC Milan, Pellegrini reiterated his commitment to fulfilling his contract with the Andalusian side. The coming months and years will reveal whether he will have the opportunity to lead his country's national team or embark on a new challenge at the club level.

Key Takeaways

  • Pellegrini interested in managing Chile national team in 2024
  • Welcomes AC Milan interest but committed to Real Betis contract
  • Prefers national team over domestic club in Chile
  • Satisfied with being linked to prestigious clubs like AC Milan
  • Focused on improving Real Betis despite irregular season