Friday, September 02, 2016

Guardiola Drops Yaya Toure From Man City Champions League Squad

Pep Guardiola has left out Yaya Toure from Manchester City's Uefa Champions League squad for 2016/17 season.

Toure played under Guardiola in Barcelona but was not a guaranteed starter despite winning the Champions League together in 2009.

He was left out of the first leg Champions League play-off win over Steaua Bucharest and eventually played in the second leg but will not feature in the group stages after it was confirmed on Friday he had been left out of the 21-man party.

City could not include more than 17 overseas players in their squad.

Guardiola still has 18 on his books, despite letting four foreign internationals leave before Wednesday's transfer deadline.

Toure remained at the club despite interest from Serie A side Inter Milan even though he is yet to play a single minute in the league this season.

The 33 year old Ivory Coast captain has played a major part in all City's trophy wins since he was bought from Barcelona, then managed by Guardiola, for £24m in 2010.

Guardiola included new signings Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, who are yet to play for the club, skipper Vincent Kompany, who is recovering from groin and thigh operations which kept him out of Euro 2016, and Nigerian creative forward Kelechi Iheanacho.

Manchester City are currently leading the English Premier League table having won all three of their opening games to the season with their goal difference placing them above Chelsea and Manchester United

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