WATCH: Manchester City players go Rooster Racing

With Chinese New Year approaching on January 28, Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane are among those to have readied themselves for the year of the rooster

Manchester City players have been getting into the spirit of Chinese New Year with a spot of Rooster Racing.

On January 28, the Year of the Rooster will be welcomed in, and those at the Etihad Stadium have already got the party started.

Toure feels Sterling should’ve dived

Club captain Vincent Kompany found himself leading from the front as usual, while the likes of Leroy Sane, Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna also got in on the act.

Not that any of them proved to be any good at controlling their animal in a four-team race to the finish.

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Having struggled to get to grips with this particular race, City will be hoping to fare much better in the one currently unfolding towards the top of the Premier League table.

A 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Saturday has left them in fifth spot, two points adrift of the Champions League places and only two above arch-rivals Manchester United.

'He's too honest' – Toure claims Sterling should have dived against Tottenham

The Manchester City forward tangled with Kyle Walker during a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium, but missed out on a penalty by staying on his feet

Yaya Toure has told Raheem Sterling that he is “too honest” and should have dived to win a penalty in Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

The England international burst into the box in the 76th minute at the Etihad Stadium, with City leading the Premier League encounter at the time.

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He was shoved in the back by Spurs full-back Kyle Walker, but stayed on his feet and saw the incident overlooked by the match officials.

Son Heung-min levelled matters shortly afterwards, with Toure admitting after the game that Sterling needs to look at forcing the issue when he draws contact inside the penalty area.

The Ivorian said: “If he’d dived everyone would have been saying, ‘It’s a dive’.

Bosman 2017 Yaya Toure

“If you have a bit of experience like me, you’d maybe dive in that situation, and that’s maybe what you have to do.

“He’s too honest. He wants to be proper in these sorts of games.

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“If the lad is like that, you can’t tell him he’s wrong. When you see it, he can’t miss from there. He was so close and after that Walker pushes him in the back.”

Referee Andre Marriner was the man to wave away the push on Sterling, with Toure conceding that highlights of the Spurs encounter will be a tough watch for Pep Guardiola’s side – having seen a two-goal lead slip through their grasp.

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“The manager and the players are frustrated because we feel like we’ve been robbed,” he added.

“I’ll go home and watch the highlights and probably break the glass (on the TV) because we’ve lost two points like that.

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“If the referee looks at the highlights as well he is going to feel something is unfair. We all do wrongs in life, but this is difficult to take.”

Stalemate on home soil has left City fifth in the Premier League standings, two points adrift of the Champions League places and only two in front of arch-rivals Manchester United.

Man City midfielder Toure has no interest in big-money China move

The Ivorian is said to have recently rejected a £430,000-per-week deal, but it is understood that is merely the latest in a long line of approaches

Yaya Toure has no interest in a move to China this month, or in the near future, and will finish the season with Manchester City, Goal understands.

It is being reported on Tuesday evening that Toure has rejected a £430,000-per-week offer from a Chinese Super League club.

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Sources close to Toure insist the offer is merely the latest of several attempts from various Chinese sides to tempt the Ivorian.

It is understood approaches were made during the Chinese summer transfer window last June and July, around the same time Toure rejected moves to European clubs.

There were also overtures from China during the autumn, when Toure’s days at City appeared to be numbered.

But after initially banishing Toure from the squad, Pep Guardiola recalled the midfielder to his side at the end of November and he has since been one of City’s most impressive performers.

Toure’s City contract expires in the summer and he has admitted publicly he would like to stay, although it currently appears unlikely he will be offered an extension.

Earlier this week the Chinese FA announced that it had introduced new regulations to curb the spending of its clubs.

The Asian transfer record has been broken five times in the last 12 months, with Oscar moving from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG for £60 million – the new record – in December.

But CSL sides must now field a maximum of three foreign players in any given league match, a move designed to limit the influx of expensive imports to the league.

Guardiola: Toure deserves Champions League recall after overcoming 'many physical problems'

The Catalan says he will reinstate the midfielder to his Uefa squad in place of the injured Ilkay Gundogan after turning his fortunes around

Pep Guardiola has said Yaya Toure will “definitely” be recalled to the Manchester City squad for the Champions League knock-out stages.

Toure was excluded from the City squad for the knock-out phase after Guardiola decided the Ivorian did not feature in his plans – something he now puts down to “many physical reasons”.

That decision caused Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, to hit out at Guardiola in the press, which in turn lead to Toure being excluded from match day squads until Seluk apologised.

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Toure then lost 8 kilograms in weight as he worked to get back into the team and he has proven to be a key player for City since earning a recall at Crystal Palace in November.

And with Ilkay Gundogan now ruled out for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury, Guardiola will reinstate Toure to his squad list at the expense of the Germany midfielder.

“Definitely yes,” Guardiola responded when asked if the midfielder would return. “He deserves that. In the first part of the season he was not able [to play], in the first first part for many physical reasons, in the second part you know why [the dispute with Seluk], but of course he deserves to be in the Champions League in the second round.”

Guardiola, however, would not discuss the possibility of offering Toure a new contract.

‘Pep won’t change his philosophy’

The 33-year-old’s current deal expires this summer, but Guardiola would not be draw on his intentions: “We are going to talk at the end of the season.”

Toure is one of six City players whose contracts expire at the end of the summer, alongside Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Jesus Navas.

Guardiola was similarly evasive regarding whether any of them will be offered new deals, but warned that they would find themselves out of the team if they are “angry or upset” about their situations.

But the Catalan says that has not been a problem until now and doubts it will be in the coming months.

“They have to play every game for himself, for their families and for the team,” the City boss added. “Of course we are concerned about that, but they are so professional. We are going to decide in the next month or at the end of the season, we have to see how to develop the team until the end of the season.”

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He added: “They will not be professionals if they don’t have the contract and they don’t want to play. Maybe it’s happened in the past, last season, but it depends on them. If they are angry or upset because they aren’t renewing their contract they are not going to play, another guy will play.

“The four or five guys in that situation, I see them every single training session and in the games, and until now I am glad with how they are doing.”

RUMOURS: Man City to release SEVEN players on a free

Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas, Willy Caballero, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov could all be moved on as Pep Guardiola looks to reshape his squad

Manchester City will release seven players including Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas in the summer, according to AS.

Willy Caballero, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov are also said to be allowed to walk away from the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola looks to reshape his squad.

According to AS, all of those deemed surplus to requirements have entered the final six months of their current deals – though Goal understands that Kolarov is, in fact, actually tied down until the summer of 2018.

Guardiola spent big upon his arrival in the Premier League but is looking to clear out the deadwood inherited from Manuel Pellegrini before adding fresh faces to his ranks.


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