Nacho Monreal: Manuel Pellegrini is better than Arsene Wenger
New boy: Nacho Monreal made his debut against Stoke
Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal has hailed potential new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini as ‘the best he’s ever known’.
The left-back, who worked under the Chilean during his time at Malaga, reckons City could be unearthing a real gem by appointing Pellegrini.
‘He’s the best coach I’ve worked under, the one who taught me the most,’ Monreal said.
‘He knows everything there is to know. It’s a shame that the project is falling apart. I hope [Malaga owner] Sheikh Al-Thani reconsiders, because the people there deserve better.’
The Spaniard, speaking to Marca after his debut season in England, was also quick to pay tribute to his current boss, who brought him to the Gunners in the January transfer window.
‘Arsene Wenger is Arsenal’s linchpin. Everything goes through him. He’s a motivator. He gave me confidence by putting me in the team as soon as I arrived,’ he added.
Monreal has settled quickly in the Premier League, and two players have already made a big impact on the 27-year-old.
Speaking about his Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere, Monreal said: ‘He’s so young, but it’s as if he’d been around forever.’
And on Spurs’ Gareth Bale, he added: ‘Bale has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s tall, strong and strikes the ball really well.
‘He was named player of the season this year and he’s the reason Tottenham was in the running for the Champions League until right to the end.
‘The Spanish media have linked him with Real Madrid or Barcelona, but I don’t see it. Spurs will do everything they can to keep him.’