8 August 2014 19:44
Manuel Pellegrini has rejected Arsene Wenger’s claims that the signing of Frank Lampard was a way of flouting Financial Fair Play rules.
Lampard last week moved to Pellegrini’s Manchester City side on a loan deal until January, as his new side New York City FC – who are part funded by the Premier League champions – will not join the MLS until 2015.
City were sanctioned by UEFA for breaching FFP rules in May and Arsenal boss Wenger – whose team meet City in the Community Shield on Sunday – raised concerns about the deal.
However, when asked if he thought the move had been conducted properly, Pellegrini responded: “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 from New York City to Manchester City.”
Pellegrini was also dumbfounded by the reaction of some Chelsea supporters who were disappointed to see Lampard move to the Etihad Stadium after 13 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge.
“The problem was not that Frank Lampard did not want to sign another contract with Chelsea – Chelsea didn’t want him anymore,” he added.
“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.”