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United States : PELLEGRINI defends LAMPARD deal

August 11, 2014

Manuel Pellegrini claimed Manchester City did nothing wrong with the loan inking of Frank Lampard despite criticism from Arsene Wenger, Arsenal boss, that it was ploy used to get around UEFA s Financial Fair Play rules.

Lampard left Chelsea in June 2014 after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired and joined a month after Major League Soccer club New York City FC, who are City s sister club in the U.S.

The midfielder moved to the Etihad Stadium on a six-month loan deal from New York, and will return to the MLS club in January 2015 ahead of the start of their season in March 2014.

The move was a way for City to navigate rules, but ahead of Sunday s Community Shield against FA Cup holders Arsenal at Wembley Pellegrini insisted everything has been done above board.

Pellegrini said, Was it done correctly? I think so. We didn t spend any money on Frank Lampard from New York City. He wants to continue playing and he is a good player and very important for our team. We didn t spend any money on him so the rules of Financial Fair Play doesn t have any relation with Lampard. He was a free player so I also don t understand the reaction of Chelsea fans who say he is a traitor because he is not at Chelsea. The problem was not that Frank Lampard didn t want to sign another contract with Chelsea, Chelsea didn t want him anymore.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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