Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hug and a Pep Talk to Say Thanks to Toure

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hug and a Pep Talk to Say Thanks to Toure

Article excerpt

PEP Guardiola had a lengthy chat with Yaya Toure on the touchline as City's win over Watford was coming to the end.

The veteran midfielder was subbed in the second half along with Leroy Sane as the manager opted to send on Jesus Navas and Bacary Sagna.

While Sane was straight onto the bench after a handshake, Guardiola kept Toure on the edge of the pitch after what could have been his final appearance as the two chatted and hugged.

City's coach was not entirely forthcoming about player contracts in his final press conference of the season - several other senior players are coming towards the end of their deals - but did have a word for Toure.

Asked for details of the conversation in the second half, he simply replied: "I said thank you for all he has done in that season. …

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