Manuel Pellegrini: 'Financial Fair Play stopped us signing Angel di Maria'

Manuel Pellegrini, coach of Manchester City looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at Etihad Stadium on October 2, 2013
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Manuel Pellegrini reveals that he was unable to sign Angel di Maria due to Financial Fair Play rules.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he could not sign Angel di Maria due to Financial Fair Play rules.

Di Maria, now at City's local rivals Manchester United, cost the Red Devils a British record fee of £59.7m in August earlier this year.

"We had important restrictions about our budget this year. We cannot spend the money that United paid for Di Maria," Pellegrini told reporters.

"We had important restrictions on the amount of players we can have this year and also the amount of money we can spend."

The former Real Madrid and Benfica winger will likely feature for the Red Devils as they come up against City in the Manchester derby this Sunday.

Pablo Zabaleta celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers on May 13, 2012.
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