Tuesday 16 January 2018

Toure happy at City says Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Toure can still find the challenges he wants at Manchester City.

Toure, City's midfield driving force in recent seasons, was quoted this week as saying he was open to "new challenges".

That has been interpreted as a hint he could look to move on, while the Ivorian's agent Dimitri Seluk has also made critical comments about the club.

But Pellegrini said: "Maybe the new challenge is at City also. There are lot of different places you can have it but City also is a challenge and I am sure Yaya is very happy here.

"We have a project here, every year we are trying to improve. Maybe you cannot win titles every year but I think the project of the club is to improve the squad, to improve as a club so there are a lot of important things and I think it is an important challenge."

Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference ahead of today's Premier League clash against Aston Villa, has been the subject of scrutiny, and believes some of the criticism of his side's underwhelming title defence has been unfair.

He said: "I think this club is growing every year. Maybe the media does not accept that this club in the last three years won two titles and were runners-up the other (season). This year we are very near to that position. We have five other important teams that have the same power to bring in the players they want, so every year it will be a very important fight."

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