Former Man City boss bemoans FFP regulations

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has voiced his frustration at Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules, saying they are the reason he has had to sell some of his best talent this summer.

Mancini says he was forced to sell Xherdan Shaqiri. Credit: PA

Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri left the San Siro last week to join Stoke for a club-record £12m fee for the Premier League side.

He is set to be followed out of the door by fellow midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who is on the verge of joining Real Madrid for a reported £25m.

Mancini admits he did not want either player to leave but felt he had no choice because of the Financial Fair Play rules introduced by Uefa in a bid to stop clubs from overspending.

He told the club's official website:

There are rules that have to be respected. I don't think anyone wanted this to happen but we have the Financial Fair Play regulations to follow.

We're all sorry about it: myself, the president, the management and the players themselves. He (Kovacic) and Shaqiri both left for the same reason.

– Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini