Yaya Toure left out of Man City Champions League squad
Toure missing from the squad list for the 2016/17 Champions League, while Antonio Valencia might not make the Manchester derby
September 2nd, 2016
Yaya Toure has been a pivotal figure in Manchester City’s recent meteoric rise, although the Ivorian might have played his final game for the Premier League title favourites.
Toure was not sold during the summer transfer window despite not featuring for Pep Guardiola in any of the five matches played to date and it was confirmed on Friday that the midfielder would not be included in City’s Champions League squad.
It leaves Toure out in the cold and perhaps he’s simply happy for his contract to tick down at the moment, with Guardiola seeing a future without a player who has previously made a big impact.
Meanwhile, Antonio Valencia’s commitment to playing for Ecuador means that the right-back could be missing for the Manchester derby, with Jose Mourinho admitting that the situation is complicated.
Valencia has been outstanding for Manchester United this season, although it could be that Chris Smalling deputises for the south American considering it will be a late arrival back from international duty.
Mourinho said: “Some are coming back on the Monday before the Manchester City match but some are coming back on Friday. The day before Man City, we will still have Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia arriving.
“It will be a complicated process but we know it is like this when we have these players. I would love all of the players to go because it would mean everybody is being selected for their national teams.”