Former Real Madrid and Villarreal head coach Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed his interest in taking charge at La Liga strugglers Malaga.
Los Boquerones recently parted company with Jesualdo Ferreira following a dismal start to the new season, with Chilean Pellegrini favourite to take over at La Rosaleda.
He told the Spanish media: "I travelled to Spain because my agent told me that talks are advanced, but not yet closed.
"Malaga is a project that I'm interested in and I also like the idea of returning to coach in Spain.
"I have spent many years in the league, but this is a different project from Villarreal and Real Madrid."
Pellegrini made his name during a five-year spell in charge of Villarreal, before heading to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2009.
However, he lasted just one season in the Real cauldron before being replaced by Jose Mourinho.