Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic was highly critical of manager Manuel Pellegrini after he left Jovetic off the Champions League roster in favor of new signing Wilfried Bony.
“I deserve to play in the Champions League. I know that," Jovetic told the Sunday Mirror. "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."
Pellegrini was forced to choose one foreign player to exclude from the Champions League squad as punishment for breaching FIFA's financial fair play rules.
Jovetic has five goals in 14 Premier League games this season. Bony, who was acquired in January for a reported £28 million, had nine goals in 20 league games for Swansea City before the move to Manchester.
Jovetic said he will continue working hard despite the snub and will re-evaluate his future with the club this summer.
City plays Barcelona on Feb. 24 at home in the Champions League Round of 16.
- Dan Gartland