Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola questions Yaya Toure's future before Feyenoord clash

Ross Houston
September 13, 2017

So the bejewelled story of Guardiola and the Champions League starts another chapter, 25 years on from his glorious introduction as a young Barcelona player in 1992, the season the club finally won the tournament for the first time.

CITY take on Dutch champions Feyenoord in their first Champions League fixture of the season.

"There were a lot of Holland players in my (Barcelona) team".

Guardiola did stress he is happy with Toure, saying: "I'm always happy, but of course I demand as much as possible from everyone". "I know how they play and the quality of Dutch football". He said City were still 'growing, ' despite a study which showed the total spend on this squad is £775m, £3m more than the amount spent by the Paris St-Germain side now parading £200m Neymar. "I don't know if we are able to compete to win titles because we are still in the process of growing up".

Toure was left out of the squad by Guardiola and the manager raised fresh doubts over the veteran midfielder's future by refusing to make public why.

"It's a sportive decision", Guardiola said.

The 34-year-old found himself frozen out in similar fashion following the arrival of Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2016, but worked his way back into contention as the season progressed.

Stones, speaking alongside Guardiola at the pre-match press conference on Tuesday, said: "Ederson has got on with it straight away". That, in turn, led to a longer period of isolation from the side for the Ivorian. Six players finished their contract and he was the only one who stayed because he's a special player.

A final decision over his fitness will be made on Wednesday but Guardiola revealed that City were testing him with similar situations to see whether his confidence had been affected by the incident.

"But the decision why he hasn't played this season and is not in the squad - he knows the reason why".

Starsport understands Guardiola has genuine concerns that Toure's legs have gone and that he isn't mobile enough to perform at the highest level.

The Brazilian has been training wearing protective headgear after having eight stitches following the clash that saw Sadio Mane sent off on Saturday.

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