Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toure Has 'Big Future' under Pep at the Etihad

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toure Has 'Big Future' under Pep at the Etihad

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PEP Guardiola has assured Yaya Toure he has a big future at City.

A source close to the Ivorian says the new City manager sees him as an important player for the club - and believes he can help implement the new possession-based style Guardiola favours.

Guardiola sold Toure to City in 2010 when he was in charge at Barcelona, leading some to believe he would do the same again now he has taken over at the Blues.

But it's understood the Catalan didn't want to lose Toure when he made the Pounds 24m switch to the Etihad six years ago- and believes he still has plenty to offer City now.

"The first thing Pep said to Yaya was that he will be a big player for him - on and off the pitch," the source said.

"Yaya is the only City player who has worked with Pep and he can help the rest of the squad understand the style of play that they will be asked to play. …

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