By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester City have made contact with Carlo Ancelotti as they target a replacement for Manuel Pellegrini this summer.
Sources have told Football Insider that City have made a move for Ancelotti, the Real Madrid manager, as they explore alternative options to Pellegrini.
The Chilean’s position is under threat in the wake of the Premier League club’s Champions League exit to Barcelona last week at the last-16 stage and a disappointing domestic campaign that will almost certainly end without a trophy.
City’s No1 choice to replace Pellegrini is Pep Guardiola but the Spaniard is contracted to Bayern Munich until the end of next season and the German giants are unlikely to allow him to leave.
However, City have been encouraged by the growing expectation that Ancelotti could be available. As reported by Football Insider earlier this month, the man who steered Real to the Champions League title last season is in danger of being sacked by the Spanish giants at the end of the season.
Senior figures at Real have been disappointed at how far the team have slipped since their club-record 22-match winning run came to an end in the first week of January.
Nevertheless, Ancelotti has the pedigree that City are looking for should they decide to dismiss Pellegrini at the end of his second season at Etihad Stadium.
He has won three Champions League titles with two different clubs, Real and AC Milan, and league titles in three different countries, Italy, England and France.
Significantly, he also has experience of managing in the Premier League after two years with Chelsea from 2009-2011, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in his first season.