Manuel Pellegrini was the coach chosen to command Real Madrid's project on Florentino Pérez's return to the presidency.

That summer of spending and landing big stars had no reflection at the end of the season with titles and the Chilean left through the back door. A course that the now-technical Betis has remembered at The Athletic.

His arrival in Madrid: "It was a special year, every technician wants real Madrid coach, but for various reasons, I did not always agree with the president."

What he failed: "The president and I had different ways of thinking about the players. I was signed by a lot of very good players, but some of them played in positions where we were already strong, so I wasn't happy."

His march: "When the season ended, Real Madrid went their way, while I followed mine. When one door closes, another one opens, I was lucky enough to go to Malaga and it was one of the most successful moments of my career. I built a team, qualified for Europe, and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League."

His signing for City: "When I first met with City, the sporting directors told me that they had worked with Pep in Barcelona and wanted to work with him at Manchester City. He had taken a gap year, but if he signed for City, he would be the coach. If not, they told me there would be no casting and I would be the coach."

In the end, he signed: "Pep decided to join Bayern Munich and the next day City called me and said, 'Manuel, we need to talk to you, we have a contract.' Malaga was glad I left because I was cutting expenses and all the players were being fired, so I signed with City."