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Pellegrini rules out Jovetic exit

January 16, 2015 14:20:32 UK

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is adamant that Stevan Jovetic will not be sold this month despite the arrival of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City.

Ivory Coast international Bony has moved to last season’s Premier League champions for £28million prompting speculation that Jovetic could be heading elsewhere before the January transfer window closes.

However, Pellegrini insists Bony is a replacement for Alvaro Negredo who joined Valencia on loan in September.

“Bony is replacing Alvaro, not Jovetic. Stevan is a very important player for us,” said Pellegrini. “We sold Alvaro because he had personal problems and did not want to continue here.”

Jovetic has scored eight times in 25 Premier League appearances for City since his £22million transfer from Fiorentina 18 months ago and can be backed at 2.30 to score at any time against Arsenal this weekend.

Meanwhile, Pellegrini, who has also confirmed that captain Vincent Kompany is 100 per cent fit after recovering from a hamstring injury, has been named as Premier League Manager of the Month for December.

City won five league matches in a row last month – against Sunderland, Everton, Leicester, Crystal Palace and West Brom – before being held to s 2-2 draw by Burnley.

“I think it was a very good month for us because the team played very well,” Pellegrini told Sky Sports News HQ. “We won five games and drew one and that allowed us to be near the top of the table.

“December is a key month. It may not be the month where the title is decided but you must be near the top of the table if you are to have a good second round, so it was very important for us to finish the year that way.”

City, 3.25 to win the Premier League title outright this season, are available at 9.00 to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday.

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