Pep Guardiola has left Yaya Toure out of his Manchester City squad for the Champions League group stages.
Toure’s agent in a statement said that the 33-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder who intends to stay and fight for his place at City, is yet to feature in any of Guardiola’s squads for their opening three Premier League game.
Joe Hart’s loan move to Torino meant City were unable to fill the eight homegrown spots required by UEFA as part of their 25-man squad, and as a result they have named only 21 players with Toure missing out.
Guardiola had played down Toure’s absence from the 18-man squad selected for the first leg of the tie, suggesting it was because he preferred Toure to go through further training.
City were drawn in Group C alongside Toure and Guardiola’s former club Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic, where Toure’s brother Kolo play
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