Pellegrini promises to win it all at City

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As expected, Manuel Pellegrini has taken over as manager at Manchester City. The former Malaga boss signed a three year contract worth £3.4 million a year. The slight delay in his appointment was down to a dispute over a payoff from his former club, although on that salary he probably doesn't need the extra cash.

Pellegrini wasn't setting his sights too low. He described the City squad as the strongest in the Premier League. It has already been strengthened by the summer signings of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho and Spanish winger Jesus Navas.

"Everyone knows that when you arrive at a club like Manchester City you must win titles," the Chilean manager said. "Manchester City have invested a lot of money to improve the squad every year and to try and win titles every year. I'm sure next year we can win maybe the Premier League and Champions League. We will try to win it all."

The immediate task is improving morale after the departure of Roberto Mancini. "Roberto did a great job in Manchester," Pellegrini said, "but I think now we start a new cycle, a new style of football, adding to what Roberto has done.

Pellegrini has been successful with unfashionable clubs like Villareal and Malaga, although less so when given a brief opportunity to make his mark at Real Madrid. His experience in the Champions League attracted City's attention and he will hope to improve on the disappointing European campaigns that City experienced under Mancini.

He is already more impressive than Mancini in his command of English, and doesn't think he will need time to adapt to English football. "I'm 100% sure I won't have any problems being in the Premier League," he said. "I've worked in four different countries and now England. I know a lot about the Premier League and I won't have any problems in that sense. I will adapt."

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