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Mancini explains Hargreaves move
Published : 08 Sep 2011 10:00:24
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed bringing the club in line with UEFA's financial fair play regulations was the reason for the acquisition of Owen Hargreaves.
Mancini told The Independent: "Gago is a player we liked a lot. We couldn't spend any more money also for the question of financial fair play. De Rossi is one of the best midfielders in the world but I don't believe he will ever leave Roma. So in midfield we signed Hargreaves, who was out of contact."
Mancini's assistant David Platt added: "We needed a central midfield player but unfortunately in terms of players going out and bringing in transfer fees, a lot have gone out on loan, so fees haven't come in for them. You have to get creative."