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Robeto Mancini Astonished At Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City Rumours

22/02/2013 11:26 GMT | Updated 22/02/2013 11:32 GMT

Roberto Mancini was so staggered by suggestions Málaga coach Manuel Pellegrini could replace him at Manchester City that he showed off his knack for swearing in English.

Mancini's future is in doubt after City's defeat at Southampton two weeks ago leaves them 12 points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester United with 12 games to play.

Their elimination from the Champions League at the group stage for a second successive season has also added to the conjecture surrounding the Italian, who is growing weary at questions surrounding his post at the club.

"F**king hell, man!" Mancini laughed at the Pellegrini rumours. "I can't continue to answer questions about this every week. Sorry."

"We have another two months. In two months you will know if this can happen but I can't continue with this.

"This is normal for you, it's your job, don't worry, but I can't continue to answer each week about one (manager) or another or another.

"But also because I don't understand this - why would Manchester City change their manager? For what reasons?"

Mancini's reticence comes a week after he insisted the other 19 Premier League clubs "should be without a manager" if he was sacked and claimed those who suggested he should be dismissed "don't understand football".

Since he joined the Citizens in December 2009, Mancini has guided City to their first title win in 44 years and the 2011 FA Cup win was also the club's first trophy in 35 years.

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However he has spent £291.75m in three years and his Champions League record - which was patchy with Internazionale - could be his undoing.

His outburst was perhaps a mixture of astonishment at Pellegrini being linked to City and how tedious he finds the subject of his position at the club. Although Pellegrini has a better track record in the Champions League.

The Chilean coached Villarreal and Real Madrid before he joined Málaga in 2010, taking El Submarino Amarillo to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2006.

He coached Madrid for just a season as he oversaw the emergence of Florentino Pérez's new clutch of Galacticos in La Liga before making way for José Mourinho. Málaga, experiencing their first season in the Champions League, lost the first leg of their round-of-16 tie away at Porto on Tuesday night 1-0.

On the topic of managers, City host Chelsea on Sunday three days after Rafael Benítez was told to "f**k off" by portions of the Stamford Bridge crowd during the Blues' 1-1 Europa League draw with Sparta Prague.