Man City will dedicate Brighton game to Yaya Toure, says Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola says Yaya Toure is still capable of playing in the Premier League once he leaves Manchester City in the summer

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will dedicate their performance against Brighton to the departing Yaya Toure.

The City boss confirmed last week that Toure will leave the club over the summer, having found first-team opportunities limited this campaign.

The Ivory Coast international came to the Premier League from Barcelona in July 2010 and has been one of the key players in the club's rise to the summit of English football.

But he has made just 16 appearances this season, with four of those coming in the Carabao Cup.

After Wednesday's game at the Etihad, a special guest will make a farewell presentation to Toure on the pitch.

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Image: Guardiola says he took the decision to let Toure leave based on his training performance

"The football players make the clubs bigger," said Guardiola. "He has helped this club take a step forward.

"Hopefully we can play a good game, tomorrow we are going to play for Yaya.

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"I am not going to judge Yaya for what happened this season, maybe I was wrong in my decision, I don't know.

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"He has a huge personality, he doesn't feel the pressure. He loves to play football. I took the decision on what I saw on the training ground.

"Nothing changes about my opinion of him. We don't have complaints about what happened this season.

"Hopefully he will keep playing well and comeback maybe here or some other place.

"I think he still has the desire to play. My advice is he has to continue."

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