Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is confident key midfielder Yaya Toure is fully committed to the club.
Toure sparked speculation over his future at City last summer when he appeared to support comments from his agent about City showing him “disrespect”.
He subsequently played down those remarks but has now cast doubt on his long term commitment to the club again during an interview he has given while away with Ivory Coast ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
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Asked if he would definitely still be playing at the Etihad next season, Toure said: “I don't know, I'm at City at the moment," before laughing.
However, Pellegrini insists that he is not at all concerned about Toure’s attitude.
“I think Yaya is 100 per cent committed with our team and with this team,” said the Manchester City boss. “I don't have any doubts about that.
“I don't think any of us know what will happen in six months more. We don't know where you can be, we cannot know what will happen in the future.
"But it's not a problem with his commitment, you can't link one thing with the other. I repeat, Yaya is very happy here. His commitment with our club is not a problem."
City could be without Toure for another four weeks and they have not won a Premier League game without him since last April.
But Pellegrini said: “Of course we are going to miss Yaya because he is a very important player - in the same way that we miss Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, David Silva, or all the players that for different reasons cannot play every week.
"But we have a squad and we have to replace Yaya.
“We must continue fighting for the title with or without Yaya. We have to play two more games without Yaya and he will arrive here in February. I don't think our team depends just on one player."