Pellegrini plots marquee signing

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April 06, 2015 12:07:50 UK

Manuel Pellegrini has warned his Manchester City paymasters they may have to spend big this summer to revive the club’s Premier League title aspirations.

The defending champions travel to Selhurst Park to take on rejuvenated Crystal Palace on Monday in the Premier League knowing they must win to go back second in the table behind leaders Chelsea.

“It is the way of thinking that big teams need to sign a big player. It is very difficult to do it every year, but every two years you must do it.”

Manuel Pellegrini

Wins over the Easter weekend for Arsenal and local rivals Manchester United saw the club slip to fourth and they now trail Jose Mourinho’s men by nine points.

Pellegrini said he hopes to convince his Etihad Stadium bosses to splash the cash at the end of the season.

“It is the way of thinking that big teams need to sign a big player. It is very difficult to do it every year, but every two years you must do it,” the Chilean told reporters.

“I’m not just talking about Manchester City. You see Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich – all the big clubs – they all do it. It is important to have big names.”

The 61-year-old faces an uncertain future at the club and could end the season trophyless after City crashed out of the Champions League last month. Pellegrini said he will wait until the season is over before considering a possible squad overhaul.

He added: “I don’t want to talk about plans for next season because we have to finish this season. It is very important the way we finish this season before we analyse all the players. So it is not the right moment to talk about it.”

Crystal Palace are quoted 5.50 in the match betting and the draw outcome is priced 4.10. Manchester City are available to back at 1.66.

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