Yaya Toure Denied A Champions League Spot
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been left out of Pep Guardiola’s 2016/17 UEFA Champions League Squad.
Pep Guardiola has chosen his final squad for the UEFA Champions League group stages, and it seems there’s no room for 33-year-old Yaya Toure.
However, clubs are able to make up to three changes to their squad after the group stages, but Toure will not be able to represent the Citizens in the group stages.
Guardiola’s Champions League squad was only allowed to have 17 foreign (overseas) players, and City have a total of 18 overseas players in their squad, meaning that Toure was the only one left out.
Here is the squad that Manchester City will be using during the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stages:
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo, Willy Caballero
Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi
Midfielders: Fernando, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Jesus Navas, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Fernandinho
Attackers: Nolito, Sergio Aguero, Kelechi Iheanacho
Yaya Toure joined City back in 2010 following a £24 million move from Barcelona, who were then managed by current City boss, Pep Guardiola.
Since Toure’s arrival in the Premier League, he has been an integral part of the Manchester City squad. Yaya has made over 250 appearances for City and helped the club win two Premier League titles.
The 33-year-old has made only one appearance for the Citizens this season so far, which was in City’s 5-0 win over Steaua Bucharest during their Champions League qualifiers.
Reports claim that the Ivorian could have left City during the summer transfer window, with Inter Milan being a potential destination. However, the player himself is keen to see out his contract, which ends in 2017.
The Ivorian won the 2009 edition of the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona, and could use his vast knowledge and experience to mentor City’s younger players.
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