Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic unhappy at Champions League squad exclusion

Stevan Jovetic playing for Montenegro

The Manchester City forward is not happy at having been left out of the Champions League squad by Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic has hit out at manager Manuel Pellegrini over his decision to exclude him from their Champions League squad, reports the Mirror. 

The Chilean manager was forced to name a reduced squad of 21 after the club breached UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, meaning some players would miss out.

One of those players was Montenegrin Jovetic, who was excluded from the squad in the place of striker Wilfried Bony, a £28 million signing from Swansea during the January transfer window.

Now, Jovetic has accused his manager of 'killing him' by leaving him out of City’s European squad, insisting he has made the wrong decision and he will be forced to assess his future at the club.

“I deserve to play in the Champions League,” said Jovetic.

“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. I don’t think it was a good decision – or the right decision.”

The striker played five of City’s six games in the group stages of the competition, in which they beat the likes of Bayern Munich and Roma to set up a last-16 tie against Barcelona next week.

However, with the previously mentioned Financial Fair Play fine in place, there were always likely to be big omissions from City’s star-studded squad, and Jovetic was that man.

The 25-year-old, a £22 million signing from Fiorentina 18 months ago, was attracting interest from Inter Milan last month according to the Mirror and looks almost certain to leave the Etihad in the summer.

“I have not made any decision about my future,” he added.

“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. This is a bad time for me, but I am working hard and I will be there for the team.”

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