Manuel Pellegrini does “not hold anything” against Pep Guardiola, who has acted properly since being announced as Manchester City manager.
The Chilean will make way on June 30 for Guardiola to begin an initial three-year contract with Manchester City and he has previously suggested the early announcement has had an impact on their title chances this season.
However, Pellegrini has insisted that none of the blame for Manchester City’s disappointing league campaign can be attached to the Spaniard, who he believes as behaved in a professional manner ever since the news was made public.
“I do not feel betrayed by Guardiola or the club, not at all,” Pellegrini told El Pais.
“I always knew that I had a contract for three years and that the club wanted to hire Guardiola at some point. Those three years have passed and now City will work with Pep.
“I do not hold anything against Pep. He has behaved in the most correct way possible. I do not bear a grudge against him at all.
Pellegrini also added that he did not feel undermined by the presence of certain members of the Manchester City hierarchy who have worked with Guardiola during his time at Barcelona.
He said: “I have a good relationship with [sporting director] Txiki Begiristain and [chief executive] Ferran Soriano as well. I have good memories of my time with City and am grateful for the opportunity they gave me. I always enjoyed working with them.”