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Pep Guardiola says Yaya Toure must improve pressing game

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Joe Hart isn't the only former first team regular being given the cold shoulder by new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola just now.

Although it isn't creating as much debate, Yaya Toure has also found himself out of favour in the early stages of the new campaign. Unlike the England 'keeper, Toure hasn't even made the bench this season.

With the Ivorian's future in doubt despite claims from his agent that he would stay and fight for his position, Guardiola has now revealed the one thing Toure must show him before he can be considered for selection.

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"Yaya is trying very well, he loves football," the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said, via The Mirror, during his press conference on Friday.

"I spoke with him about his situation, he’s a player with huge quality and I’m really glad that his agent said I’m a good coach, ‘thank you, Dimitri’.

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“I have adulation and respect for Yaya’s quality – when he increases his intensity without the ball, he will be involved.”

Despite possessing the physical characteristics to make him a dominant midfield player (especially in his heyday) Toure has always had the reputation of a player who shirks his defensive responsibilities.

His lazy reputation was part of the reason he was shown the exit door by Guardiola when at Barcelona, and it looks like the new City boss still needs convincing Toure can change his ways.

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For those Citizens who are keen to see the now 33-year-old back in the team, it does at least sound like he is trying fit into Guardiola's philosophy of a high-intensity, high-press game plan.

With City improving on a 2-1 win over Sunderland in the Premier League to thump Steaua Bucharest 5-0 in mid-week, Toure is surely running out of time to convince his Spanish boss that he can play a role this campaign.

The marauding midfielder isn't the only one to have seen his future thrown into uncertainty since Guardiola arrived, of course.

Alongside Toure and the aforementioned Hart, Samir Nasri has also been somewhat frozen out after struggling to keep up with Guardiola's strict fitness regime during pre-season.

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With the Manchester club entering a new era under Guardiola, it most certainly looks like it is his way or the high way for several previously key members of the squad.

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