'If Yaya says it's blue and black, it's blue and black' – Manchester City players react to #TheDress phenomenon

Not even the Premier League’s biggest stars can escape the eternal question of whether the world’s most talked-about dress is either white and gold or black and blue…

Manchester City’s players have joined in the debate that has gripped the world – is ‘the dress’ blue and black, or white and gold?

Social media has been taken over by a picture of a dress that appears in different colours to different people and the changing rooms of Premier League clubs have also been gripped by the phenomenon.

We only ever see #ClaretandBlue. #TheDress #AVFC pic.twitter.com/g2afcmp65c

— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) February 27, 2015

Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta and Wilfried Bony all see a blue-and-black dress but Samir Nasri says, after a coming out of the shower, it suddenly changed to white and gold.

Take a look at the reaction of the City stars as they try to work out what colour the dress really is…

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Pellegrini: We'll play Barcelona at their own game

The Chilean insists he will not alter his style for the visit of the Catalans later this week, and says that Yaya Toure’s absence will not hurt his side’s chances of victory

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is plotting to beat Barcelona at their own game in Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 clash.

The Premier League champions are noted for their possession football but have struggled to dominate matches in Europe.

But Pellegrini hopes to see that change against Barca and insists he will not alter City’s style to try and counter the Liga side’s attacking threat.

“At this stage of the competition when you play over 180 minutes it is very important to win the first game. After that, try not to concede goals here at home. If you can’t draw, 0-0 is better than 1-1,” said Pellegrini at his pre-match press conference.

“It’s important to try to win here. But our team is also demonstrating we are playing better away than we did last year.

“I don’t think that last year we changed our style. Maybe we couldn’t do what we tried to do. As I say, we had played 19 games in two months. So we tried to play another way.

“The main thing for our team is to try to fight for the possession of the ball, that’s very important. We need to have the ball as long as we can. After that, give good distribution to take Barcelona as near to their box as we can.”

On Barca’s style, Samir Nasri commented: “Barca has a great philosophy of football. It can be fun if you play your game, but if they have possession it’s not fun.”

City will be without Yaya Toure for the clash after the Ivory Coast international was sent off during the club’s group stage game against CSKA Moscow, but Pellegrini insists the midfielder’s absence won’t be an issue.

“I always prefer to play with Yaya in my team, but we can play without him also,” he added. “We played without him against Roma and Bayern Munich.

The Chilean also revealed that James Milner is “100 per cent fit”, while Wilfried Bony could make his European debut for the club following his January move from Swansea.

Toure wants to stay at Man City for life – agent

The Ivorian has twice flirted with leaving the Etihad Stadium but his agent believes he wants to retire at the club and go on to become an executive there

Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk insists that the Manchester City midfielder wants to stay at the Etihad Stadium for life.

The Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Premier League champions, with Roberto Mancini keen to be reunited with his former midfielder at Inter Milan.

Seluk believes Toure “loves” the club, however, and has tipped him to move into an executive role upon his retirement, though he has urged City to move quickly to tie him down to a new contract.

“Yaya loves Manchester City and, despite what is sometimes said, he is happy at the club,” he is quoted as saying by the Sunday Mirror.

“In fact, he would like to stay for life. He would love nothing better than to finish his playing career with City and then work for the club after that.

“That’s why I want City to give Yaya a new contract, to show him that they want him to be part of the future. It is not about money. It is about keeping Yaya at the club until his playing days are over and showing the club’s best player that he is respected and loved.

“When he stops playing, then Yaya could have an executive role, perhaps as sporting director. Think about it. He has played in Belgium, Ukraine, Greece, France, Spain and England.

“He has won championships with Olympiakos, Barcelona and Manchester City. He has won the Champions League and the Africa Cup of Nations.

“He knows world football. The only market that City want to buy players from at the moment is Spain.”

Mancini has made public his desire to acquire Toure’s signature in the summer, but Seluk believes the 31-year-old is the most important player at Manuel Pellegrini’s disposal and has laughed off talk of a potential move.

“Sheikh Mansour wouldn’t sell Yaya – not even for £250million,” he added.

“I am sure that Mancini would love Yaya at Inter, but every manager in the world would want to work with him.

“Mourinho would love him at Chelsea and Ancelotti would love him at Real Madrid.

“But I don’t think Yaya will be leaving City. He is their most important player – as their results when he was at the Africa Cup of Nations proved.

“The only game they won was at Stoke – and before that their last win in the Premier League without Yaya was in April last year.”

Despite Seluk’s steadfast belief that Toure will remain at City, he has criticised the club for attempting to emulate Barcelona, who they face in the Champions League later this week, and insists that they are deluding themselves.  

“City can become a great club in the future if they forget about this crazy plan about becoming the next Barcelona. City have two Spanish executives Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano.

“They came from Barca and now they are obsessed with turning City into the club they left. That is not only impossible, it is foolish. There can only ever be one Barcelona.

“City should be looking to establish their own identity, not dream about becoming Barca Mark II.

“And, in my opinion, I think someone with Yaya’s experience can do that.”

Manchester City will sell Nasri, Kompany and Yaya Toure to get me, jokes Bilic

The former Croatia boss has been linked with a shock move to the Etihad and he has joked that the English champions are willing to cash in on their top talent to acquire him

Slaven Bilic has joked that Manchester City are willing to sell Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany in order to acquire his services.

Reports earlier this week suggested the Besiktas boss could be tempted to take over from Manuel Pellegrini in the summer if City decide to part company with the Chilean.

When quizzed about the interest, Bilic issued a lighthearted response, but also reaffirmed his commitment to the Turkish club, who currently lie one point clear of Fenerbahce at the Super Lig summit.

“Yes, I have already received an offer from Manchester City, they said they will sell Nasri, Kompany and Yaya Toure to get me!” he told Tportal.

“No, there is no offer, my thoughts are only with Besiktas.”

While Nasri and Kompany appear content at the Etihad, Toure has been heavily linked with a summer departure, with Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini hoping to lure him to Italy in the summer.

Manchester City have missed Toure – Lampard

The 36-year-old believes the return of the midfielder will give the club a massive boost as they prepare to face Barcelona

Frank Lampard believes the return of Yaya Toure will help Manchester City get their title challenge back on track.

The midfielder is back in training with City after helping Ivory Coast to Africa Cup of Nations glory earlier this month.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men have missed Toure’s driving presence in midfield, winning just one of six games in the midfielder’s absence as City slipped seven points behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough.

“He’s a massive player for the club”, Lampard said of Toure. “I could see that from afar when I was at Chelsea.

“You want him back in and hopefully that will give us a boost as a squad. Of course you miss a player like Yaya with his talent and his ability, and we’ve had a time where we lost quite a few games.”

Wilfried Bony was signed for €36 million from Swansea in January, but has yet to make his debut for the champions, and Lampard is equally excited about the prospect of working with the man who bagged nine goals in his last 15 games for the Welsh club.

Lampard continued: “Alongside Yaya coming back, we’ve got Bony arriving. We’ve seen what he’s been doing at Swansea and he’ll be a fantastic signing for the club.

“There’s an air of confidence about him and he’ll add to the squad.”