A British tabloid cited reports in the manager's native country of Chile as saying that Pellegrini was approached a day before Luiz Felipe Scolari quit following a disastrous semi-final match against Germany, which saw them humiliated 1-7.

The 60-year-old, who won the Premier League and the Capital One Cup with City last season, refused to enter into negotiations with the Brazilian FA, saying that he wanted to complete his three-year contract at the Etihad.

Brazil is currently looking for a new head coach for its men national team after the resignation of Scolari.

A huge debate over whether to appoint a foreign coach for the team or stick to a local coach is keeping the newspaper headlines busy in the Samba nation, which recently hosted a very successful World Cup.

(Agencies)

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