Man City: Yaya Toure vs Pep Guardiola Saga Continues

Think the tension between Yaya and Pep ended at FC Barcelona? Think again, it was just a matter of time before the explosion.

Yaya Toure’s future at Manchester City is looking increasingly precarious after the Ivory Coast midfielder was omitted fromPep Guardiola’s squad for the second time in three days.

Toure was dropped from City’s 18-man squad for the 2-1 win at home to Sunderland on Saturday and the 33-year-old was not among the travelling party that flew to Romania yesterday ahead of the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Steaua Bucharest tomorrow.

Guardiola sold Toure to City for £24.5 million in 2010 when he was in charge of Barcelona and the latest developments have increased the prospect of the player departing before the close of the transfer window a fortnight on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola 

Toure – who is not injured – is in the final year of his £210,000 a week contract at City and has indicated privately that if he had to leave the club he would want to remain in the Premier League. 

Guardiola claimed over the weekend that he had explained the reasons for the Sunderland omission to Toure and that he was confident he would get a positive reaction from the Ivorian. 

But just as goalkeeper Joe Hart fears his City career is over and that there is no way back under Guardiola after being left out against Sunderland, so Toure must wonder if the writing is on the wall.

Midfielder Samir Nasri, striker Wilfried Bony and defender Eliaquim Mangala have also not travelled to Romania after being omitted from City’s Champions League squad with the trio likely to depart this summer, either permanently or on loan, so long as new homes can be found for the players. 

Defender Jason Denayer was also not in the travelling party ahead of a likely departure. Galatasaray, where Denayer spent last season on loan, are interested in signing the Belgian permanently. New signings Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are not in Romania due to injury. Hart, however, has

Toure’s future at City has been the subject at much debate for the past couple of seasons but it appears the end could finally be nearing for a player who was central to the club’s two Premier League title successes, even though Guardiola had struck a diplomatic tone when discussing the midfielder on Saturday.

“I don’t have doubt about that, I have no doubts about that,” the City manager said when asked if he expected a positive response from Toure, as well as Hart, to being dropped.

“I know Yaya from Barcelona, how he loves to play football, I know perfectly his quality, he knows the reason why today he was not on the list, because I speak sometimes with the players to say the reason why, and I know they’re so professional.

“We are maybe a month and a half together and there was no training session they didn’t show me how good professionals, how good players they are, not any.

“Every day was amazing, but they train and after I sit with my people, and myself I decide what is the best – so now because we won maybe I’m a little bit right, if we draw or lose maybe it’s a mistake, so I know how this is. But its not a personal problem about any player.” - Telegraph UK

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