Yaya Toure will not feature in the first round UEFA Champions League in the 2016/17 season, at least not in the first six matches, as his name was not in the team submitted for the tournament by new Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola has time and again been reported to have a low regard for the four time African Player of the Year who has had a hand in all of City’s major title wins since 2010.
Toure joined City in 2010 after being released from Barcelona by Guardiola and it was thought he will leave after the Spaniard was appointed at City but he opted to stay and fight for his place.
The price he pays for being loyal is a place on the sidelines in each of City’s Group stage matches which means he will not face his former club Barcelona as well as Celtic and Borussia Monchengladbach in Group C.
Guardiola submitted a list of 21 players that includes 18 overseas players, including his new signings and Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho.
City’s Euro list
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo, Willy Caballero
Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi
Midfielders: Fernando, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Jesus Navas, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Fernandinho
Attackers: Nolito, Sergio Aguero, Kelechi Iheanacho