Yaya Toure left out of Manchester City squad for Champions League qualifier

Yaya Toure’s days at Manchester City look to be numbered after he failed to make the squad for the club’s Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday.

The Ivorian is not carrying an injury and didn’t feature in the first league game of the season against Sunderland over the weekend.

 

Manager Pep Guardiola has never been convinced by the 33-year-old and was the man who sold him to City from Barcelona back in 2010 for £24 million.

Since then, Toure has been a mainstay in the City midfield and played a huge rolling in the club’s two Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014.

He also scored the winner against Stoke City in the 2011 FA Cup Final as the club ended its 35-year trophy drought.

There had been talk of Toure attracting interest from big spending Chinese clubs over the summer but nothing concrete materialised and the player was used by Guardiola in City’s preseason outings.

Leroy Sane is still nursing a hamstring injury so has also remained in Manchester, while Belgian defender Jason Denayer could be another on the way out after he was also omitted.

City take on Steaua in Bucharest tomorrow night, with the return leg at the Etihad Stadium taking place next week.

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