Yaya Toure’s agent has insisted his client is fit to play and says Pep Guardiola has to “learn all about the players he has available”.
Toure was left out of the matchday squad for Saturday’s 2-1 win over Sunderland and the midfielder has been omitted from the travelling party for Tuesday’s Champions League game with Steaua Bucharest. That has led to suggestions that the 33-year-old, who has 12 months remaining on his contract, could be on his way out at The Etihad.
However, Toure’s agent Dmitri Seluk says Toure is desperate to fight for his place and his player is not looking to move on.
Seluk told Sky Sports: “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.”
Former Barcelona star Toure, who played for Guardiola at the Nou Camp, did not start any of City’s three friendlies against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal.
“I don’t have doubt about that,” he continued, “I know Yaya from Barcelona, how he loves to play football. I know perfectly his quality.”