Manuel Pellegrini has told Arsene Wenger to keep his nose out of Manchester City’s business, ahead of tomorrow’s Community Shield clash against Arsenal, according to the Express.

Wenger angered the City boss with claims the club had ‘tapped up’ Bacary Sagna prior to his move from the Emirates, whilst also claiming the Premier League champions had been bending the rules of FIFA’s Financial Fair Play by signing Frank Lampard on loan.

However, Pellegrini has dismissed the claims of the Arsenal manager, and told Arsene Wenger to focus on matters at his own club.

He said: “Yes, I am surprised he [Wenger] is talking about us. I think that, as a manager, we have enough problems with our own teams without talking about other teams. The signings of Lampard and Sagna were done correctly.

“We have important restrictions about the amount of money we can spend and the amount of players we can sign from UEFA.

“We didn’t spend any money in bringing in Sagna or Lampard because they were ‘free’ so Financial Fair Play rules do not have any relevance.

“We know exactly what the restrictions of FFP are for us. We have more days [left in the transfer window] to see what is the best for our squad but we will always operate within the rules.”



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