'I'm counting on him!' – Guardiola happy with Yaya Toure reunion

The Catalan coach denied his protege at Camp Nou was set to be sold this summer, stating he would take time to evaluate him in pre-season before making a decision

New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola states he is counting on Yaya Toure ahead of his maiden season in the Premier League.

It was rumoured the Ivorian, who was sold by Guardiola in their time together at Barcelona, was set to be part of a major summer clearout at the Etihad Stadium.

Inter have been the favourites for Toure’s signature, with former City manager Roberto Mancini a known admirer of his ex-player.

However, Guardiola was happy to confirm he would be counting on the 33-year-old for now, even though he failed to rule out the midfielder being sold on. 

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“All the players are coming back from holiday, they’re only beginning to train now. Not just Yaya, but everybody,” he told reporters at his first press conference as City boss.

“I’ve know Yaya for a long time. He did very, very well in Barcelona and here as well. He’s a huge, huge talent and of course all the players who are here right now count on me.

“After that we’re going to see what’s happening in the future. Not just in the case of Yaya, but the other players too. But Yaya is here, I count on him.”

Toure has made over 250 appearances in all competititons for City since joining them from Barcelona in 2010, winning two Premier League titles as well as an FA Cup in that time.

However, he was part of the club’s slump in the second half of last season that saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men fall out of contention for the title, prompting talk he was set to be sold.

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