Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been appointed the new manager of Chinese Super League side, Hebi Fortune. The Chilean left City at the end of last season and has now taken on the new challenge in China. After the conclusion of his three years at City, Pellegrini held discussions with Valencia, Zenit, and AC Milan before opting for a move to the far-east.
The Chilean tactician won the 2014 Premier League campaign and guided City to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, which was the best the club had ever achieved in Europe’s elite competition.
The 62-year-old will replace former Everton midfielder Li Tie as manager at Hebei, where he will inherit a side that includes former Premier League trio Gervinho, Stephane Mbia and Gael Kakuta – who were with Arsenal, QPR and Chelsea respectively – in its ranks.
Hebei, who made Ezequiel Lavezzi one of the world’s highest paid footballers when they signed the Argentine attacker in February on a two-year deal paying him £23.5million after tax, are fifth in the table, 15 points adrift of leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.
The 62-year-old, who previously managed Villarreal and Real Madrid in La Liga before his move to England in 2013, will join the likes of Luis Felipe Scolari and Sven-Goran Eriksson in China.