Toure committed to Man City, Pellegrini insists

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has stressed that midfielder Yaya Toure is totally committed to the reigning Premier League champions, BBC Sport has reported.

On Friday, Toure was asked in an interview about his long-term future at City: “I don’t know. I’m at City at the moment,” he replied before laughing. He was rumoured to be unhappy last summer and he was linked with a move away after his agent claimed that the club’s owners showed him a lack of respect.

When quizzed about Toure’s remarks, Pellegrini said: “I don’t think our team depends just on one player. I think Yaya is 100 per cent committed with our team. I don’t have any doubts about that. 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.”

The 31-year-old is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations representing the Ivory Coast, and Pellegrini is confident his side can handle his absence over the coming weeks. He added: “Of course we are going to miss Yaya because he is a very important player. But we have a squad and we have to replace Yaya. We must continue fighting for the title with or without Yaya.”

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