Pellegrini: I will shake Mourinho's hand

The Manchester City manager has not always got on with his Chelsea counterpart and snubbed him in 2013 but plans to be civil on Sunday, while hoping to have Sergio Aguero fit

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists that he harbours no ill feeling towards Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and will shake his rival’s hand when they meet on Sunday.

The Premier League champions travel to the Etihad Stadium for the first match between title rivals in the 2015-16 campaign.

Relationships between Pellegrini and Mourinho have been tense at times, with the Chilean refusing to shake his opponent’s hand following Chelsea’s 2-1 win in October 2013.

However, the City boss has no intention of repeating that, telling reporters: “I have my differences with him but I always shake hands with him.”

City hope to have last season’s top scorer, Sergio Aguero, available for the game, the Argentine having been limited to a substitute’s role in the 3-0 win over West Brom on Monday.

Pellegrini added: “Sergio worked the whole week without any problems.

“Maybe he is not 100 per cent fit because it is better for the player to do a long pre-season but now we are ready in the Premier League and Sergio doesn’t have any problems.”

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