Bitter former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic hits out at Manuel Pellegrini

Stevan Jovetic playing for Montenegro

Former Manchester City Stevan Jovetic has criticised Manuel Pellegrini for not giving him the playing time he deserved at the Etihad.

The Montenegrin star is on loan at Italian giants Inter Milan this season after failing to establish himself in two years at City.

The 26-year-old former Fiorentina star played just 28 times in two years after signing for the Citizens scoring eight goals.

He was deemed surplus to requirements in the summer despite the sale of former Blues temmate Edin Dzeko to Inter's Serie A rivals Roma.

Jovetic has made a decent start to life at the San Siro, scoring four goals in his first 12 games.

Still bitter

But speaking to Italian sports magazine Undici, Jovetic said he is still bitter about his time under Pellegrini.

"I like the Premier League, it’s easier to play there than in Italy, where there is little space," Jovetic told Undici.

“I had a normal relationship with Pellegrini, we never argued. It was just that I deserved to play more, I thought that then and I think that today too.

“When I was fit they didn’t play me, when I scored I went off after a maximum of 60 minutes and it’s difficult to do more like this."

Exit was inevitable

Many fans were not surprised to see Jovetic go given his lack of playing time.

But he had shown flashes of brilliance during his time in Manchester and the Blues were hoping to see more of it in the coming years.

Jovetic struggled with injuries during his time with City, though, after arriving at the Etihad with a glowing reputation and bags of potential.

The final straw came when he was cut from last season’s Champions League squad, being replaced by January signing Wilfried Bony.

It was a decision which prompted the striker to seek an exit and he joined Inter where he has linked up with former City boss Roberto Mancini.

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