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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed suggestions that midfielder Yaya Toure is unhappy at the club.
Toure, 32, gave an interview with L’Equipe where he said that despite being on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, he felt the British media has been criticizing him and saying that he’s on his away from the club.
“Yaya is happy,” Pellegrini told The Guardian ahead of City’s Champions League fixture with Sevilla. “He may have a few concerns about the criticism but that is different to being unhappy at the club. You can interpret his words how you want but I don’t think I have to answer for how happy Yaya is at Manchester City. The answer is his performances over the last four years he plays. He is a very important player and he demonstrates it every game.”
Pellegrini also spoke about injured star-striker Sergio Aguero.
“Obviously Aguero is very important to us but I have a policy of not making excuses for who is missing,” he said. “We played well in the last game and that is what we must try to replicate, with or without Aguero.”
Without Aguero in the lineup, more will be asked of Wilfried Bony. But Pellegrini believes that Bony can manage.
“Bony can play with or without Agüero,” Pellegrini said. “He can line up alongside him if both are fit, it does not have to be that Agüero has to be missing for Bony to play. For various reasons I have not been able to line them up together in the past, but we brought Bony here because he is an important player in his own right. He is the only forward we have at present so this is his moment, his chance to show what he has got.”