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Pellegrini coy on Mourinho feud

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Jose Mourinho criticised Manuel Pellegrini for the job when he took over at Real Madrid © Getty Images
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Manuel Pellegrini drew a comparison between himself and Jose Mourinho by insisting he will never discuss other managers in the way his Chelsea counterpart does, saying that he takes a very different approach to management and life.

Mourinho replaced Pellegrini as Real Madrid manager in 2010 and the Portuguese derided his predecessor's achievement in finishing as runners-up in Spain by saying that: "Second place is the first loser."

And Mourinho criticised Pellegrini for the job he took after his dismissal at the Bernabeu, insisting: "If Madrid were to fire me, I wouldn't go to Malaga. I'd go to a top-level team."

The two coaches come head-to-head again on Sunday when Manchester City visit Stamford Bridge with Pellegrini content with his low-profile approach

He said: "I don't talk about what other managers say. That is not my duty. That is not my way of thinking about the profession. There are different ways to go about what you say and what you don't say."

Pellegrini is adamant that Mourinho's mind games will not unsettle him, adding: "I never got involved and I will not get involved now."

And the 60-year-old said he had no regrets about going to Malaga, explaining: "I can't tell you what is in Mourinho's mind. I can tell you I had a lot of chances to manage different clubs after Real Madrid and I took a life decision to go to Malaga. I am very happy."

But Pellegrini insisted he has no feud with Mourinho.

He added: "I am not telling you I don't like Jose. I am a different person. [It is a] different style, not only [in] football. He has [won] a lot of titles. He has his way and I respect him."

Pellegrini was linked with the Chelsea job last season and claimed he was unsure if the London club had approached him.

He said: "I can't confirm that because my agent talked with a lot of clubs. I can't tell you."

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