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Toure Axed From Pep's UCL Squad

Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola did not have the best of relationships at FC Barcelona, and the Ivorian has now been left out of Manchester City's UEFA Champions League squad for their qualifier against Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday.

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The 33-year-old, who has previously revealed that Guardiola hardly spoke to him during his final year at the Camp Nou, was widely expected to leave City after the former Barcelona boss was announced as the club's new head coach.

However, it seems that Toure will be staying with the Citizens, even though he does not appear to play a big part in the Spanish tactician's plans.

Along with Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala, he was not in the squad that faced Sunderland on Saturday, but while the other three had already been dropped from City's UCL squad, Toure reportedly did not travel with the squad to Bucharest – the only fit outfield player to be left behind, according to the Daily Mail.

Guardiola has insisted, however, that the abovementioned players still have a chance to prove their worth.

"I don't have any complaints about these names," he said after City beat the Black Cats 2-1 on the weekend.

"Yaya trained really good. Sammy arrived a little bit... but the last week, two weeks he is training amazing. So I am really impressed with the quality of Sammy.

"Mangala, you know better than me how professional he is. But in the end I have a squad and I decide, I have to create a team spirit. It's not about tactics, it's not about anything. And I decide today this line-up, that does not mean in the future they are not going to play or they are going to play.

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"At Barcelona and Bayern Munich, I wanted to change the line-up because always I want to involve, I want to create something where everyone is involved. Today, I chose this line-up but that doesn't mean they won't play in the future."

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