Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

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

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

YAYA TOURE has been left out of Manchester City's Champions League opener at Feyenoord despite being fit, while goalkeeper Ederson could play wearing protective headgear. We are still in the process of growing. "That's impossible for English teams, because the competition is very strong until the end".

City will also miss centre-back Vincent Kompany for the game due to a calf injury he picked up during the worldwide break.

The Rotterdammers have started the defence of their title with four victories from four, notching 12 goals to catapult van Bronckhorst's troops back to the top of the table at this early stage.

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.

"When you're at a club like City, you have to do your best to win all the trophies you compete for", he told the club's official website.

Manchester City have released their third kit for the 2017-18 season.

Pep Guardiola simply said a "sporting decision" had been made to omit veteran midfielder Toure.

"But the decision why he hasn't played this season and is not in the squad - he knows the reason why". Six players finished their contract and he was the only one who stayed because he's a special player.

Guardiola did stress he is happy with Toure, saying: "I'm always happy, but of course I demand as much as possible from everyone". "We'll see about Vincent in the next weeks, but he'll soon be fighting with his team-mates to play". After the game in the changing room he was speaking to the boys as if nothing had happened, which shows what character he has got. Feyenoord manager Giovanni von Bronkhorst, who criticised Crystal Palace's sacking of his compatriot Frank de Boer, said that City were 'one of the best teams; one that can win the Champions League.' But their resolve to defeat vastly wealthy English sides was evident a year ago this week, when they beat Manchester United here, 1-0.

"He wants to be around the team, in that environment".

"Everyone has seen his face, the stitches, the swelling, but he's put a scrum cap on and he's training today".

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