Manchester City boss Manuel Pelligrini has revealed that Alvaro Negredo had to leave the Etihad for Valencia’s Mestalla stadium this summer due to the restrictions the club are under from Financial Fair Play. The Spanish international proved a hit at the Premier League champions in his debut season, despite injury scuppering his form through the campaign.
The 29 year old scored 23 goals in all competitions, striking up an impressive partnership with Sergio Aguero along the way. But with new laws and obligations coming into play for the self-declared “Noisy Neighbours”, their future transfer business will be under close watch by UEFA.
“The first was that we have the restriction for the number of the players we can use in the Champions League.
“We had one player more, and we could not use Alvaro, who was injured, so he was the player who was not going to be on the list.
“For him, it was very important because he wanted to go back to Spain, so I thought it was the best decision for the club.”
The Chile boss will feel slightly frustrated at having to lose a player he brought in the summer previous, but with Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero, and Stevan Jovetic all capable of playing up front for the Sky Blues, options are not as barren as one might believe.