Mourinho questions Bony signing: The rules are different for Manchester City

The Portuguese has hinted that the Premier League leaders are not adhering to Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations with their signing of the Ivory Coast striker
Jose Mourinho has suggested there is a different set of rules for Manchester City after the Premier League champions announced the signing of striker Wilfried Bony.

Bony joined City in a deal worth €35 million earlier this week despite restrictions imposed on the club's net transfer spend and wage bill by Uefa as part of a Financial Fair Play sanction last summer.

And while praising the Ivorian's quality as a Premier League goalscorer, Mourinho hinted that City are not adhering to Uefa's financial regulations with their continued activity in the transfer market.

"Good striker," he replied when asked about Bony. "If [City] have the money & no problems with FFP, well done.

"They can only play with 11 unless the rules are different for them. It looks like they are in certain aspects."

When asked to clarify his answer, Mourinho added: "You know what I mean."

City's transfer policy has been the subject of scrutiny in recent weeks amid confusion over the nature of Frank Lampard's contract with the club.

It was initially announced that he had joined on loan from New York City FC, but on extending his stay at the Etihad Stadium the Premier League leaders were forced to admit that the 36-year-old had joined on a permanent one-year deal.

Meanwhile, having previously insisted there would be no January arrivals or departures at Chelsea, Mourinho has now softened his public stance to the possibility of involvement in the winter market.

"I'll be happy if nobody leaves and nobody comes but the market is open so you never know."