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Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester City need Yaya Toure'

Guardiola: 'City need Yaya Toure'
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that midfielder Yaya Toure remains an important figure for the club.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that midfielder Yaya Toure remains an important figure for the club.

The 34-year-old, who has been pushed out of the City squad by younger talents such as Kevin De Bruyne, reportedly turned down a move to the Chinese Super League in January.

Despite the former Ivory Coast international not featuring regularly under Guardiola, the Spaniard has said that Toure could help City in their bid for a fourth Premier League crown.

"Yaya helped us a lot last season but this season he has played less," Guardiola told Sky Sports News. "If I believe and he believes he can play then he will get some minutes. It depends on him.

"Last season he was so important for us, so important. He was the only one to renew his contract at the end of the season when it ran out. The other guys we did not renew.

"The only one was Yaya because he played [well]. Hopefully he can help us until the end of the season because I think we need him."

City, who face Burnley in Saturday's early fixture, are looking to move 18 points clear at the Premier League summit with a win.


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1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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