Mourinho: Man City play by different rules

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said Manchester City aren’t subject to the same rules as other teams as he discussed the Premier League champions’ signing of Wilfried Bony, ESPN has reported.

Mourinho was asked at a Press conference about January transfer activity, both for his team and the Blues’ title rivals, and touched on the arrival of the Ivory Coast international at the Etihad Stadium. The Portuguese appeared to question why Bony was needed by City as no matter how many players they sign, they can only play 11 at a time.

The former Real Madrid boss also hinted at unhappiness with City’s compliance with other rules, but didn’t elaborate. “Well done, good player, good striker,” Mourinho said regarding Bony. “If they have the money and can spend it and have no problems with [Financial Fair Play], well done.

“They can only play with 11, unless the rules for them are different and they can play with 12,” he continued. “It looks like the rules are different for them in certain aspects, but not this one.

“If Bony plays and [Edin] Dzeko is on the bench, I am happy with that. Fantastic squad, one more top player for that squad. Aguero, Jovetic, Bony and Dzeko are fantastic. Well done.”

Bony spent 18 months at the Liberty Stadium, moving to Wales in the summer of 2013. He scored 34 goals in 70 games after moving from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem. Mourinho’s Chelsea face the Bony-less Swansea this weekend.

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