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Pep Guardiola to Manchester City talk isn't a distraction, says Manuel Pellegrini

By Andy Hampson

Manuel Pellegrini accepts speculation linking Pep Guardiola with his job at Manchester City is inevitable - but he claims he could not work properly if he let such rumours affect him.

Bayern Munich's much-coveted former Barcelona boss has been a reported target of City for several years, dating back even before Pellegrini arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2013.

The stories have resurfaced in recent days because Guardiola has suggested he will make an announcement about his future in the next week.

But Pellegrini, whose side face Arsenal on Monday night, said: "We don't know what Pep will do. There are rumours, speculation about what he wants to do.

"I think Pep is one of the best coaches in the world so if he doesn't continue at Bayern, maybe a lot of teams can try to have him manage their team.

"Maybe there are a lot of rumours - not only this season but going back to the other seasons - but the only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win.

"When you have experience and manage so many big clubs you know with every result that is not the result the club wants, the media will start with different rumours about different things, but if you are worried about that it's impossible to work in a big team."

"For me the only important thing is to see what I did in my career.

"If I finish this season winning the Premier League, and in three years winning two Premier Leagues with one runner-up, that is very important.

"I'm very happy about my career and my work."

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