Manuel Pellegrini questions transfer window rules

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini prior to kick-off against Blackburn during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
Manuel Pellegrini does not believe that players should be allowed to move to teams in the same league in the January transfer window.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that it should not be possible for a player to move to a team from the same league in the January transfer window.

Pellegrini was reacting to Juan Mata's proposed move from Chelsea to City's rivals Manchester United, and said that the current rules mean that big clubs can take their pick of the best players halfway through a season.

"Personally I don't agree that the player can go from one team to another team in the same league at this part of the year, but rules are rules and he can change clubs," BBC Sport quotes Pellegrini as saying.

"I think if a player plays for a club for more than half of the season, a club with money can take the best players from the other teams. But the rules allow it, so [I have] nothing to say."

City are currently second in the Premier League, a point behind Arsenal and one ahead of Chelsea.

Juan Mata of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2013
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