Stevan Jovetic is the odd man out at the Etihad.
The Montenegrin already sat third in Manuel Pellegrini’s pecking order at striker behind Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, before the club bought Swansea City frontman Wilfried Bony during the transfer window.
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After the Bony signing, Jovetic saw his status drop even more as Bony replaced him on Manchester City’s roster for the Champions League.
With City’s Champions League match against Barcelona coming up next week, Jovetic spoke out about being dropped from the roster, as the relationship between player and manager seems extremely strained.
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.”
Jovetic came to Manchester from Fiorentina in 2013, but has failed to break through City’s stacked lineup. He has scored 11 times in 32 appearances for the Citizens, but could already be eyeing a move away from the Etihad.
I have not made any decision about my future. I will wait until the summer, then we will see.
But the manager has put other players ahead of me, so maybe this is a message about what he wants to do.”
It was an interesting move by Pellegrini to keep Jovetic off the roster, as he has consistently said he likes to have four strikers available at all times. But considering City paid nearly $40 million to get Wilfried Bony, it is clear that Jovetic has fallen out of favor with the boss.