Coach Manuel Pellegrini said Wednesday that he will be leaving Malaga CF after the end of the current La Liga season, but gave no hint of where he will go after his successful three-year stint with the Spanish club.
“Sunday will be my last match at La Rosaleda (the club’s stadium) and will be very exciting for me,” Pellegrini said after receiving an award from the provincial government.
Malaga plays Deportivo La Coruna at home and will end the season with a June 1 battle against Barcelona at Camp Nou.
Under the 59-year-old Chilean, Malaga qualified for the Champions League for the first time and made the most of its debut, surviving the knockout stage before losing a hard-fought quarterfinal to eventual finalist Borussia Dortmund.
“I’m not leaving due to the matter of money but looking for a project that allows me to develop my profession conveniently,” Pellegrini said.
UEFA has barred Malaga from European tournaments next year over financial irregularities, though the club is appealing the sanction.
Malaga is in a position to qualify for the 2013-2014 Europa League.