The Ivorian has come under scrutiny this season but his manager insists he remains an important member of the squad at the Etihad Stadium


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says the Premier League champions have no intention of selling midfielder Yaya Toure, despite the Cote d’Ivoire international’s declining performances.

The 31-year-old has come under fire for his displays this season after reports that he was unhappy during the summer over the club’s treatment of him in the aftermath of his brother Ibrahim’s death.

The criticism intensified after Toure was sent off in the club’s 2-1 defeat to CSKA Moscow in midweek, but City’s Chilean boss insists he is still a key player at the Etihad Stadium.

Pellegrini told reporters: “There are a lot of reports Yaya will be sold. Nowhere in this club are we talking about that. Yaya is very important.”

The City manager also confirmed that Vincent Kompany will miss Saturday’s trip to QPR with a calf problem, and could be ruled out of next week’s international fixtures too.

Belgium take on Iceland in a friendly on Wednesday before hosting Wales in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday, but the central defender may be absent despite Pellegrini admitting the injury is not overly serious.

“He has a calf problem. It is not serious but I don’t know if he will be ready for his international squad.”

And though Kompany will join David Silva and Aleksander Kolarov on the sidelines at Loftus Road, Pellegrini is hopeful of being able to welcome Frank Lampard back to the fold.

The former Chelsea midfielder was stretchered off against Tottenham on October 18, but his manager is hopeful he can return and find the form that saw him score four goals in three games shortly before his lay-off.

“He is just coming back from injury. I hope he will return the same way he was before his injury,” he added.