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Manchester City owners to stick by Pellegrini next year

By Phil Medlicott

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has stressed he has heard no complaints from the club's owners about his performance.

Wednesday's 2-2 home draw with Sunderland dealt another blow to City's Barclays Premier League title challenge, just a few days after their 3-2 defeat at Liverpool.

They are third in the table with five more games to play, four points behind second-placed Chelsea and six behind leaders Liverpool, both of whom have four matches to go.

But, while the situation might look ominous to some for Pellegrini, reports have suggested City's owners are going to stick with him.

Asked about that yesterday, the 60-year-old Chilean – who has guided the club to the Capital One Cup final and the knockout stages of the Champions League this season, his first in charge – said: "It is not a problem in this moment.

"I never heard anything in terms of a complaint.

"All of us want to win as much as we can but I haven't had any talks about that and I am not thinking about that."

With regard to City next season, there has also been talk of Blues striker Edin Dzeko – who several other clubs are reportedly interested in – being set for an offer of a new deal, and that they could be getting ready to launch a world-record bid for Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

"It is not a surprise for me to me to hear all different rumours about players that come and go. It is the same thing the whole year.

"Remember all the goalkeepers that we were supposedly bringing here? All the goalkeepers in the world!"

Regarding the way the title race is shaping up, he added: "I am absolutely sure the other teams will also drop points – Liverpool and Chelsea (who still have to face each other at Anfield) – in the same way we did in the last games.

"We have 15 more points to play for and we will try to win the most amount of points. Then we will see who has the title."

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