Matija Nastasic denies rift with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

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Centre-back Matija Nastasic has claimed he has no problem with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini as he prepares to join Schalke on loan.

The Serbian is expected to complete a loan deal until the end of the season if he passes a medical in Germany this week.

Reports suggest that Schalke have the option to make the move permanent in the summer, after Nastasic fell down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium.

Former City boss Roberto Mancini regularly used Nastasic in his first eleven but Pellegrini has had other ideas in recent months.

Nastasic has only played one game this season, the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield back in August.

However, he has denied he has a problem with Pellegrini and was quick to wish the club all the best for the rest of the season.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “No, everything was alright. It was hard for me – in six months I didn’t play one game. I wanted to go because for my career it’s best to play a lot of games.

“I hope they win the Premier League and go as high as possible in the Champions League.”

The 21-year-old was reportedly wanted by several clubs across Europe but he was quick to decide his next move after speaking to boss Roberto Di Matteo.

He said: “At the moment it’s a loan, and at the end of the season we’ll see what happens. I already spoke with Di Matteo and he told me about the club and the team.”

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