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Pellegrini hits back

August 9, 2014

Manuel Pellegrini has stressed that he believes Manchester City's deals for Frank Lampard and Bacary Sagna were carried out properly in response to comments from Arsene Wenger. The Chilean said he was "surprised" by the Arsenal manager's suggestion that Lampard's loan from New York City may have been a way for the Etihad owners "to get around the [financial] fair play [rules]" - and that Sagna's move to City was agreed "a long time" before the end of his Emirates contract. Asked if he was happy the Lampard and Sagna deals had been done correctly, Pellegrini said: "I think so. 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." PA

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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