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Best of Bony to come next season -Pellegrini


BONY-WEST-BROMMANCHESTER, May 16- Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remains convinced about his future at the club and believes the gap between his side and Premier League champions Chelsea can be bridged next season.

City travel to Swansea on Sunday with a degree of uncertainty over whether Pellegrini will be in charge at Eastlands beyond the end of the current campaign.

Pellegrini, who is in the second year of a three-year contract, guided City to the Premier League title and English League Cup in his first year in the job, but will finish the 2014-15 season without a trophy to his name.

City, who head into the weekend in second place, were also knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the last 16, having just scraped through the group stage.

But despite a season without silverware, Pellegrini remains confident he will stay in charge and has no plans to seek assurances from City owner Sheikh Mansour about his future.

“I don’t have to talk about it,” Pellegrini said of a potential meeting to discuss his future. “I have my own future so clear, so many years ago, so it doesn’t matter,” the Chilean added.

Pellegrini, who will have midfielder Yaya Toure and captain Vincent Kompany available for the match at the Liberty Stadium, believes the gap between City and Chelsea is not that great.

“Next year, we must make some changes,” he said.

“I don’t think we are very far from Chelsea or from other teams, and in the games we play against Chelsea we didn’t see a better team than our team, but they were more consistent during the whole year.

“We will see in the future what we must do. I don’t think we are very far from Chelsea because I don’t think they are a better team than our team, but we need to improve and we will see which areas we are going to.”

– Best of Bony –

Pellegrini also believes that fans will see the best of striker Wilfried Bony, who joined Swansea from City in the last transfer window, next season.

He added: “We didn’t bring Bony just for this year. We bought Bony because we were sure that he is a very good player, an important striker and he will be in our team also.

“Maybe this year for different reasons, with his injury because he had a problem in his ankle and his knee, he is not playing the amount of minutes he must play but he will be a very important player in the future.”

Swansea manager Garry Monk believes Ivory Coast international Bony, who scored 34 goals in 70 games for the South Wales club, will receive a warm welcome from the home side’s supporters.

“Wilfried was fantastic for us,” Monk said. “He was talismanic, the fans loved him and he scored goals.

“I’m sure he’ll get a great reception and rightly so. He worked extremely hard when he was here and he still speaks fondly of the club.”

Monk also revealed that he has started to open talks with chairman Huw Jenkins regarding a contract extension after guiding Swansea to their highest Premier League points tally.

Monk added: “We have begun preliminary talks. I love being here and I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it so far.

“I’m looking at the future being here with Swansea and to progress the club once again.”

Swansea will check on the fitness of defender Angel Rangel, who suffered a knock in their 1-0 win over Arsenal on Monday, while full-back Kyle Naughton and winger Wayne Routledge have both been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle injuries.