Representatives of Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini are being coy over reports of talks with Manchester City.

The Daily Mail says suggestions in Spain that City's key decision-makers have been in talks with Malaga boss Pellegrini were not denied by the Chilean's representatives last night as the odds on the 59-year-old taking over from Roberto Mancini fell dramatically with bookmakers.

Mancini yesterday admitted his job was in jeopardy, saying: "I want to do well, but I know what can happen in football. If we win the Cup most people would say we did a good season, but at Inter Milan I won seven trophies in four years and they still sacked me.

"In football, you have to wait and see what happens, no matter how well you think you are doing."