Yaya Toure's agent says player will 'stay and fight' at Manchester City
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 15/08/16 1:12pm
Yaya Toure's agent has told Sky Sports News HQ his player will prove he is good enough to feature in Pep Guardiola's plans despite not yet starting a game for him at Manchester City.
The Ivorian central midfielder has become the latest high-profile victim of Guardiola's reign having been left out of the squad for Saturday's 2-1 win over Sunderland.
Reports on Monday morning - which so far remain unconfirmed by the former Premier League champions - suggest Toure has not travelled for this week's match at Steaua Bucharest.
City are meeting the Romanian title holders in the Champions League play-off round as they bid to reach the group phase for the sixth season running.
Former Barcelona player Toure did not start any of City's three open-door friendlies against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal.
Instead, he came on as a second-half substitute in each of those fixtures yet his representative Dmitri Seluk says the 33-year-old is fit and determined to prove his worth.
He said: "Pep is the best manager in the world and I just hope he gives Yaya the chance to prove he is still good enough for City.
"Yaya is the perfect professional and he will do his job. City fans know he will do his best. He has not been included against Sunderland or Bucharest, but that's okay.
"He is fit to play right now. Guardiola has to learn all about the players he has available. The performance against Sunderland was far from perfect.
"This is a very good process for Yaya. It will allow him in training and then in matches that he is still a wonderful player. But there is no talk of a transfer. Yaya will stay and fight."