Sunday 10 December 2017

Pellegrini: I have no Kompany problem

Man City

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed suggestions he is punishing his Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany for playing for Belgium.

Kompany has been on the bench for both City games since Pellegrini expressed frustration that the defender played for his country in a Euro 2016 qualifier last week.

The 29-year-old had missed City's previous five games with a calf injury and Pellegrini had insisted he would not be fit to play during the international break.

That proved not to be the case and Pellegrini consequently left him out of the starting line-up for games against Bournemouth last weekend and Sevilla in midweek. He has still offered no guarantees that the influential skipper will return for the derby clash.

But Pellegrini said: "I don't have any problem with Vincent Kompany. I need every week to choose the XI that I think is the best for that game and when the others play they must wait, exactly the same for the players of the squad.

"I'm not punishing Vincent and I don't have any problems in the relationship with Vincent. "I think that after one month or five weeks without playing and without training you must be fit and you are not ready to play an important game."

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