Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has defended the lack of English players in his squad.

Pellegrini insists signing English talent is too expensive.

He said: "I don't think anyone at the club is worrying about where the players are from.

"It's not a thing of ­nationality. It's a thing of the best team. A lot of teams are like that. Maybe sometimes teams in Spain don't play with Spanish players.

"It's very difficult to have important English players in every team. They are very expensive and you don't have too many English players.

"All the important teams have English players in their side but, if you want to buy an English player, it is difficult."

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