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Pep Guardiola: Yaya Touré’s accusation over African players is a lie

• Manchester City manager responds on Catalan TV• Touré left Etihad after eight years at season’s endPep Guardiola has defended himself against Yaya Touré’s accusation that he has a problem with African players, calling the Ivorian’s claim a “lie”.Tour…

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Kevin De Bruyne backs Pep Guardiola in Yaya Touré racism row

• Belgium midfielder dismisses claims against Man City manager• ‘When you don’t play there’s always something you try to find’Kevin De Bruyne has dismissed concerns from former Manchester City team-mate Yaya Touré over Pep Guardiola’s attitude towards …

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Yaya Touré: ‘jealous’ Guardiola wanted revenge over me at Manchester City

• Manager accused of spoiling Touré’s final season at City• ‘He manipulates and plays a lot with your head’Yaya Touré has accused Pep Guardiola of seeking “revenge” against him, claiming the Manchester City manager’s coaching reputation is “a myth” and…

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Premier League farewells: six players who may say goodbye on the final day

Sunday will bring the curtain down on several big-name Premier League careers – whether or not they realise it just yetIt is the end of the Premier League season and inevitably it will be goodbye from some of the game’s big names, whether or not they r…

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Farewell then Yaya Touré, Manchester City’s clanking midfield giant | Barney Ronay

The Etihad Stadium said goodbye to the Ivorian this week and he leaves with the feeling that the Premier League never quite appreciated how good he was at his peakBeing a parent isn’t easy. Over time you just hope you can pass on as many of your own fl…

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Yaya Touré treasures his role in putting Manchester United in shade

Departing Manchester City midfielder says helping usurp Manchester United was his greatest achievement at the EtihadYaya Touré believes his greatest achievement at Manchester City was helping the club replace Manchester United as the pre-eminent domest…

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Yaya Touré to leave Manchester City at end of the season

• Pep Guardiola confirms 34-year-old’s departure• Touré has won three Premier League titles with CityYaya Touré will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.The 34-year-old midfielder has been one of City’s m…

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England’s Gareth Southgate cracks joke at Yaya Touré on his birthday – video

Gareth Southgate celebrated his 47th birthday on Sunday and was asked whether he’d received a cake from his England players. His response was to joke about Yaya Touré, referring to comments the player’s advisor, Dmitry Seluk, made back in 2014 about Manchester City not getting him a cake on his own birthday

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Manchester City’s Yaya Touré signs new one-year contract

• Ivory Coast midfielder’s last deal was due to expire at end of June
• ‘I’m delighted. I told myself the journey at City is not done’

Manchester City have announced midfielder Yaya Touré has signed a new one-year deal.

“I’m delighted. I told myself the journey at City is not done and when I talked to the manager I was very delighted,” said Touré in a statement on Manchester City’s website.

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Manchester City to offer Yaya Touré new deal to extend stay at Etihad

• 34-year-old Ivorian would feature in eighth season at City if he accepts deal
• Outgoing defender Zabaleta to be honoured following West Bromwich match

Yaya Touré is likely to be offered a new contract by Manchester City, though the club is unsure if he will accept. The midfielder, who turned 34 on Saturday, is currently employed on terms that expire in the close season. Yet after fighting his way back into Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans it is understood the manager and Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director, think Touré should be given the chance to extend his stay.

If the Ivorian accepts he will play into an eighth year at City, having joined from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. Earlier in the season Guardiola excluded Touré due to comments made by his agent, Dimitri Seluk, about the Catalan manager. However, he was reinstated after Touré apologised in November; since then he has made 28 appearances and scored six times.

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Yaya Touré: When I sit in the sofa, that’s the performance I want to see | Andy Hunter

Manchester City midfielder praises his team’s attack-focused Champions League game, with even Monaco’s defeated Leonardo Jardim enjoying the spectacle

It was “beautiful” in the eyes of Pep Guardiola and Leonardo Jardim was so enthralled that he congratulated his Monaco team on their 5-3 defeat. Defensive expertise was not the only thing absent at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. There was no sign of regret either. Organised chaos may be the way forward for Manchester City in this season’s Champions League.

Related: From Istanbul to the Etihad: eight of the most exciting Champions League games | Nick Ames

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Yaya Touré: When I sit in the sofa, that’s the performance I want to see | Andy Hunter

Manchester City midfielder praises his team’s attack-focused Champions League game, with even Monaco’s defeated Leonardo Jardim enjoying the spectacle

It was “beautiful” in the eyes of Pep Guardiola and Leonardo Jardim was so enthralled that he congratulated his Monaco team on their 5-3 defeat. Defensive expertise was not the only thing absent at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. There was no sign of regret either. Organised chaos may be the way forward for Manchester City in this season’s Champions League.

Related: From Istanbul to the Etihad: eight of the most exciting Champions League games | Nick Ames

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Yaya Touré: When I sit in the sofa, that’s the performance I want to see | Andy Hunter

Manchester City midfielder praises his team’s attack-focused Champions League game, with even Monaco’s defeated Leonardo Jardim enjoying the spectacle

It was “beautiful” in the eyes of Pep Guardiola and Leonardo Jardim was so enthralled that he congratulated his Monaco team on their 5-3 defeat. Defensive expertise was not the only thing absent at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. There was no sign of regret either. Organised chaos may be the way forward for Manchester City in this season’s Champions League.

Related: From Istanbul to the Etihad: eight of the most exciting Champions League games | Nick Ames

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Yaya Touré the reborn star in Manchester City’s war to win league | Barney Ronay

Unexpected return of powerful Touré has coincided with a run of victories for Pep Guardiola’s team but their form will be tested against Liverpool

You might not have seen the current Star Wars movie. In which case I won’t ruin it by revealing any top-secret plot twists, like the imperial weapon‑shield with one small fatal flaw; the return of a bullish, ‘roided-up Darth Vader; or the usual mawkish family stuff that can only be resolved by the violent death of a male parent.

Aside from that you’ll find all the usual things. Infomercial-level acting that doesn’t matter because there are some excellent “fffft” and “zzzzz” weapon noises going on in the background. Good bits where storm troopers make crackly 1950s‑style small talk just before being killed. And above all the familiar organic landscape of junk, robot-men and animated machines that is the real star of these films and the most obvious reason for their staggering success.

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Yaya Touré: I want Manchester City to be bigger than Manchester United

• ‘I know it’s going to be a lot of work but that’s my dream’
• ‘I have won two Premier League titles and I want more, another new story’

Yaya Touré believes he is on a mission to make Manchester City bigger than Manchester United and hopes to remain at the Etihad Stadium until José Mourinho and the rest of the neighbours at Old Trafford have been fully eclipsed.

Related: Pep Guardiola’s advice that Raheem Sterling be ‘direct and clinical’ pays off

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Yaya Touré admits to drink-driving but denies intentionally consuming alcohol

• Manchester City midfielder accepts charge at court hearing
• ‘I have always refused alcohol,’ says Touré as he also apologises to City fans

Yaya Touré has apologised to Manchester City supporters after admitting drink-driving, but insisted he had “not intentionally consumed alcohol”.

The Ivory Coast international said on Tuesday he had admitted the charge at a Monday court hearing after being arrested in Dagenham, east London, on 28 November.

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Yaya Touré admits to drink-driving but denies intentionally consuming alcohol

• Manchester City midfielder accepts charge at court hearing
• ‘I have always refused alcohol,’ says Touré as he also apologises to City fans

Yaya Touré has apologised to Manchester City supporters after admitting drink-driving, but insisted he had “not intentionally consumed alcohol”.

The Ivory Coast international said on Tuesday he had admitted the charge at a Monday court hearing after being arrested in Dagenham, east London, on 28 November.

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Yaya Touré left off shortlist for 2016 African player of the year award

• Manchester City midfielder fails to make five-strong shortlist
• Leicester’s Mahrez and Slimani and Liverpool’s Mané on list

Yaya Touré has failed to make the five-man shortlist for the 2016 African player of the year award.

The four-times winner and Manchester City midfielder has just returned to favour with his club, making his first Premier League appearance of the season at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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Pep Guardiola was always going to win but Yaya Touré may not have lost

After Pep Guardiola made a prolonged point against Yaya Touré’s agent the Ivorian returned to the fold with both goals in Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat of Crystal Palace

“I’m here to take decisions,” Pep Guardiola said on Saturday evening, reminding everyone of what was never in doubt in the first place. “Maybe I make mistakes, but I have to take decisions and I respect the fact some people won’t agree with me.”

After three months in which it seemed the only way Yaya Touré might get on the pitch for Manchester City was as part of an elaborate mannequin challenge, Guardiola took the decision to restore the midfielder to the first team on Saturday.

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Pep Guardiola was always going to win but Yaya Touré may not have lost

After Pep Guardiola made a prolonged point against Yaya Touré’s agent the Ivorian returned to the fold with both goals in Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat of Crystal Palace

“I’m here to take decisions,” Pep Guardiola said on Saturday evening, reminding everyone of what was never in doubt in the first place. “Maybe I make mistakes, but I have to take decisions and I respect the fact some people won’t agree with me.”

After three months in which it seemed the only way Yaya Touré might get on the pitch for Manchester City was as part of an elaborate mannequin challenge, Guardiola took the decision to restore the midfielder to the first team on Saturday.

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