Man City striker Jovetic angered by Champions League snub

Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic has spoken of his anger at being omitted from the club’s squad for the latter stages of the Champions League, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The Premier League champions are only allowed to name a squad of 21 due to sanctions imposed by UEFA due to the breaking of Financial Fair Play rules last season. Jovetic was in the squad for the Champions League group stages, but has failed to earn a place this time around, being replaced by January signing Wilfried Bony.

The decision was made by manager Manuel Pellegrini at the beginning of February, with Man City preparing to take on Barcelona in the round of 16 for the second season in succession. The first leg will take place at the Etihad Stadium on February 24.

Expressing his frustration at being left out, Jovetic said: “I deserve to play in the Champions League. 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. People have told me I am a great player, but it is clear that the manager doesn’t think the same way.

“I am very disappointed, even now. I don’t think it was a good decision – or the right decision. I know that I deserve to be on the list. I told the manager this, but he didn’t want to listen to me. I came here to play in the Champions League.”

The Montenegro international went on to state that he has not thought about his long-term future at Man City, whom he joined in the summer of 2013 from Fiorentina. During that time he has been in and out of the side, competing with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko for a starting place.

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