Pellegrini: No plans to spend

City have injury concerns ahead of their Saturday Night Football clash with Everton but this has not prompted Pellegrini to panic.

David Silva and Stevan Jovetic will miss out, but the Chilean will be able to call upon the services of Yaya Toure.

His options are being stretched to the limit but Pellegrini was keen to stress that his hands are tied by squad restrictions not by the amount of money he has at his disposal.

“We are not thinking about January or the amount of money we must spend,” Pellegrini said.

“You remember once again that this year, we have restrictions about the number of players we have in our squad. It’s not about the amount of money we can spend.”

An impressive display against Sunderland earned Sergio Aguero yet more praise and Pellegrini confirmed that if he keep up his level of performance he could consider himself as one of the best five players in the world even if he is not yet at the level of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Sergio is a very good player. ??He must be if he wants to be in the five best players of the world,” he added.

“I worked with Cristiano that was maybe the best striker in the world in this moment. It is not important to compare. It is important to demand Sergio to be in the level he must be.

“Sergio is part of the team and very important for how this team plays. It is important too for him to continue with his high performance. He’s a player that makes the difference.”

City are confident of meeting Financial Fair Play rules after the club reported record revenues of ??346.5m and Pellegrini believes there is reason to be pleased with the running of the club.

“Of course it’s positive, it’s normal that a club that wants to try to fight with the biggest clubs in the first four or five years must spend a lot of money to try and have a good squad and to bring in important players,” he said,

“After that it is normal to try and have a balance. I think the club is also working in that way.”

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