Manuel Pellegrini latest big name to head to China

Former Real Madrid and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is the latest big footballing name to move to the China Super League, having agreed to manage Hebei China Fortune.


Pellegrini left Manchester City at the end of last season, with Pep Guardiola already lined up to replace him. The 62 year old Chilean had been linked with a number of clubs over the summer, but ultimately the opportunity to manage in China was too good to decline.


Manuel Pellegrini is a Premier League and Serie A winner and joins the likes of World Cup winning manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, and former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson. Pellegrini joins Hebei China Fortune who currently occupy 5th place in the Chinese Super League. Fortune were only promoted to the Super League last season, so it came as a surprise when former manager Ti Lie left his role at the club.  


Pellegrini will manage former Arsenal and Roma striker Gervinho, ex Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta as well as Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi, formerly of Paris Saint Germain. It was only a few months ago that Pellegrini stated that he would consider retiring if he could not land himself another Premier League job.

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