Since joining Manchester City way back in 2010, Yaya Toure has made his name as one of the best players at the club in their near history. However, this hasn’t come with a few blips along the way.
The Ivorian has made well over 200 appearances for the Sky Blues during his time at City, and despite being exiled from the squad entirely by Pep Guardiola early last season, the midfielder went on to play a rather important role in the season.
There has been no exile this season, and Yaya’s agent has not spoken out to upset the boss – but the midfielder did find himself outside of City’s matchday squads on the last couple of occasions in the Premier League.
Toure did make his way back into the City side against West Brom in the League Cup though, a game which the midfielder captained, and Guardiola admitted that the player is well within his plans for the season.
“We need him and of course it’s not easy for the players who didn’t play in the last games,” he said.
“But he showed his personality because it’s not easy for him to play in these type of games but he did it well and that’s why we’re happy for him to come back.”
“And we are going to use him. Everybody is going to play. We have a lot of games. Three days later we have a game, then three days later after Stamford Bridge we have the Champions League.”
[Quotes via MEN]