Pellegrini refutes Wenger claim

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists his club acted properly in signing Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard.

Last Updated: 08/08/14 at 15:01 Post Comment

Manuel Pellegrini: Refutes Arsene Wenger's FFP comments

Manuel Pellegrini: Refutes Arsene Wenger's FFP comments

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Pellegrini was reacting to comments made by Arsene Wenger about the deals, questioning whether City had breached Financial Fair Play rules in signing Lampard on loan from New York City FC, their sister team in America.

City were hit with sanctions from UEFA for breaching regulations in May, and when asked about the Lampard deal, Wenger said: "Is it a way to get around the fair play? I don't know."

And Wenger also commented that he felt City had been courting former Arsenal full-back Sagna for some time, claiming the move was "agreed a long time ago".

The subject was predictably broached at Pellegrini's press conference ahead of the Community Shield clash with Wenger's side at Wembley on Sunday, and when asked if the deals had been done correctly, he said: "I think so."

He also admitted his surprise at Wenger's quotes, adding: "I think as managers we have enough problems with our own teams to be talking about other teams.

"The only thing I can say is that we have important restrictions about the amount of money we can spend, and Frank Lampard was a free player - we didn't spend any money in bringing him from New York City to Manchester City."

Pellegrini was also mystified at the reaction of some Chelsea fans over Lampard's move north after 13 years at Stamford Bridge.

He said: "I don't understand the reaction of Chelsea fans who say he is a traitor.

"The problem was not that Frank Lampard did not want to sign another contract with Chelsea - Chelsea didn't want him anymore.

"He is a competitive player, he will be important for our team and we didn't spend any money on him, so the rules of financial fair play don't have any relation with Lampard."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond strike as Canaries seal immediate return to Premier League

Norwich City gained promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, insists agent Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, according to his agent.

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company