Pellegrini: Yaya staying put

Premiership

Toure, 31, has been City's key man in midfield for the past four years.

However, the Ivorian - who is pushing for a fourth straight African Footballer of the Year award - has had his commitment questioned after some listless displays this season, prompting reports he may on the way out at the Etihad.

Pellegrini, though, maintains this is not the case.

The Chilean said: "There must be a lot of reports telling [the story] that Yaya will be sold. Maybe [it is] all the other teams that want Manchester City to be a weaker team!

"Yaya is a very important player. He played very well in the first half [in a 2-1 loss to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League] - he scored a goal. In the second half he made a mistake and he was sent off but - never in my mind - I am sure nobody at the club is talking about selling Yaya Toure."

He added: "He is a very important player. He will continue to play the [position] he is playing so far, because that is the best way for him to play.

"I talk to him every day and I know he wants to continue playing and he has all my confidence."

Toure is contracted to the English champions until 2017.

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