With the transfer window closing on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola has now commented on Yaya Toure's future after dropping him for his first three Premier League matchday squads.
The 33-year-old was, once again, not included in the Spaniard's squad for the Citizens' 3-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday, but Guardiola has revealed the Ivorian wants to stay at the Etihad.
"I spoke with him," he said, as quoted by the Daily Express.
"He said he wants to stay. If he wants to stay, I am happy he stays."
Despite again dropping him from the squad for the match against the Hammers, Guardiola insisted he is impressed with Toure's attitude, and hailed him for his display in the UEFA Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest last week.
"Everybody needs to play. I know his quality," the City boss added.
"In the last 20 minutes against Steaua Bucharest, he played as a striker and played amazing. His behaviour from the beginning was perfect."
Toure and Guardiola had a troubled relationship during their time together at FC Barcelona, and apparently did not speak to each other for a year before the midfielder left the Camp Nou.
The four-time African Player of the Year still has one year left on his contract at City, and is said to be earning £250 000 (R4.7 million) a week.
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