Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic has hit out at boss Manuel Pellegrini, after he was left out of City’s Champions League squad in favour of new signing Wilfried Bony, reports the Telegraph.
Jovetic lost his place in City’s 21-man Champions League squad following the arrival of the Ivory Coast international, and is ‘very disappointed’ by the decision taken by Pellegrini.
The Montenegrin believes he ‘deserved’ to be selected for the second half of City’s Champions League campaign, and says the decision to leave him out is ‘killing’ him.
City have been punished with a reduced 21 man squad having failed to comply with the rules of Financial Fair Play.
And Jovetic is the man being made to suffer, having been a part of the squad that qualified beyond the group stage of the competition for only the second time.
Jovetic – who signed for £22million from Fiorentina in the summer of 2013 – said: “I deserve to play in the Champions League. I know that.
“The manager has killed me with this decision. I feel I deserve my place and other people have told me the same.
“People have told me I am a great player, but it is clear that the manager doesn’t think the same way.
“I am very disappointed, even now. I don’t think it was a good decision – or the right decision.
“I know that I deserve to be on the list. I told the manager this, but he didn’t want to listen to me. I came here to play in the Champions League.”
The 25-year-old added: “I have not made any decision about my future. I will wait until the summer then we will see.
“But the manager has put other players ahead of me, so maybe this is a message about what he wants to do.”