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English players are too expensive when compared to foreign imports says Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini who only has one Englishman (Joe Hart) in his team that you could call a starter.

England international goalkeeper Joe Hart has made 27 starts for the Chilean boss this season who thinks that more is made about his lack of home grown talent at City than at any other Premier League club.

“It’s important to have English players,” Pellegrini told The Guardian.

“Can you sign them? To improve this squad, you’re talking players you can’t get. Let’s say (Luke) Shaw. £35m on a left back because he’s English? Can you get (Raheem) Sterling from Liverpool? Maybe if you go with £100m. (Gary) Cahill? Or (Frank) Lampard a few years ago?

“And if I want an Englishman in (David) Silva’s, position, who is there? (Wayne) Rooney? Either they don’t exist or clubs won’t sell.”