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Jose Mourinho, pictured, has been charged by the FA with misconduct over comments about match officials

Jose Mourinho, pictured, has been charged by the FA with misconduct over comments about match officials

Jose Mourinho, pictured, has been charged by the FA with misconduct over comments about match officials

JOSE Mourinho has aimed a sour barb at Manchester City over new signing Wilfred Bony and suggested that Manuel Pellegrini is operating under different rules than he is.

Speaking before Chelsea's visit to Swansea, Mourinho wondered why Manchester City needed so many players, given that they can only have 11 on the pitch at any one time.

"Well done, good player, good striker," said Mourinho, dripping sarcasm. "If they have the money and can spend it and have no problems with Financial Fair Play, well done.

"They can only play with 11, unless the rules for them are different and they can play with 12," he continued. "It looks like the rules are different for them in certain aspects, but not this one.

"If Bony plays and Dzeko is on the bench, I am happy with that. Fantastic squad, one more top player for that squad.

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"Aguero, Jovetic, Bony and Dzeko are fantastic. Well done."

Mourinho denied that he would receive an immediate collateral benefit from the transfer.

"Swansea have a very good team and very good teams don't depend on one player. Losing Bony doesn't make them less difficult," he said.

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