Manuel Pellegrini insists Yaya Toure is “100 per cent committed” to Manchester City, despite the midfielder admitting he is unsure if he will be at the club next season.
Earlier this week, the 31-year-old refused to commit his future to the Premier League champions when asked if he wanted to stay at the club.
But Pellegrini maintains he has no issues regarding Toure’s dedication and that a player’s long-term future is never certain.
“I think Yaya is 100 per cent committed with our team and with this team – I don’t have any doubts about that,” said the City boss.
“I don’t think any of us know what will happen in six months more. We don’t know where you can be, we cannot know what will happen in the future.
“But it’s not a problem with his commitment, you can’t link one thing with the other. I repeat, Yaya is very happy here – his commitment with our club is not a problem.”
City will be without Toure due to the Africa Cup of Nations but Pellegrini insists the focus should not be on one missing player.
“Of course we are going to miss Yaya because he is a very important player – in the same way that we miss Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, David Silva, or all the players that for different reasons cannot play every week,” said the Chilean.
“But we have a squad and we have to replace Yaya.
“We must continue fighting for the title with or without Yaya. We have to play two more games without Yaya and he will arrive here in February – I don’t think our team depends on just one player.”