Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that Financial Fair Play restrictions stopped his club from signing Manchester United winger Angel di Maria this past summer, reports Goal.com.
The talented Argentine completed a move to the Red Devils from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the last transfer window, but it could have been different if it had not been for FFP.
Pellegrini's side were clearly interested in the player's signature, but were unable to spend as much money as their local rivals.
When speaking about Di Maria, Pellegrini told reporters: "I think it is very easy," he told reporters. "We had important restrictions about our budget this year. We cannot spend the money that United paid for Di Maria.
"We had important restrictions on the amount of players we can have this year and also the amount of money we can spend."
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Di Maria, of course, is expected to be in United's starting line-up to take on the Citizens tomorrow afternoon in the first derby fixture of the season, but Pellegrini has insisted that his side are not only focusing on United's club record signing.
The City boss continued by saying: "If you asked me if he is a good player I think he is a good player and a very useful player for every team.
"I think he is a very good player but he is not the only good player at Manchester United."
Manchester United fans will be hoping that the likes of Di Maria and Co. are at their attacking best as they attempt to secure a positive result at the Etihad. Pellegrini's side, on the other hand, are also in need of all three points after an inconsistent start to the season.
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