Manuel Pellegrini has urged Stevan Jovetic to prove his fitness if he wants to remain at Manchester City, reports Metro.
The striker has struggled for fitness since his £22million move from Fiorentina in the summer of 2013.
And his future at the Etihad has been plunged into further doubt following the £28million signing of Wilfried Bony, which means he has not been named in City’s 21-man squad for the Champions League.
Pellegrini has refused to rule out a move for the Montenegro international in the summer, but has challenge him to prove his fitness in order to remain a Manchester City player.
‘It’s very important now for Stevan to play as many games as he can, to not be injured and have a high performance level whenever he plays,’ said the Chilean.
‘After the decision we will analyse. Not just Stevan but all of the squad, which ones will continue next season. So I don’t think one thing has any relation with the other.’
Asked if the decision to leave Jovetic out of the squad was linked to whether he had a long term future at the club Pellegrini added: ‘I don’t think that one thing has a relation or link to the other.’
The decision to leave him out of the squad is based on City’s punishment for breaching the rules of Financial Fair Play.
The Premier League champions have been forced to trim their squad of 25 players down to 21, with Jovetic making way for new signing Bony.