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Yaya Toure omitted from Manchester City Champions League squad

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Manchester City have left superstar midfielder Yaya Toure out of their squad for the upcoming Champions League group stages.

The Ivorian midfielder, who has represented Manchester City 195 times, was omitted after Spanish manager Pep Guardiola could only name seventeen overseas players in the squad.

Toure has only made one appearance this season under the new manager Guardiola, and that was in the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest, where City were already 5-0 up from the first leg. 

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It was expected that Toure would leave the Etihad Stadium in the summer due to the arrival of Guardiola, who had previously sold the powerful midfield player to Manchester City when he was the boss at Barcelona.

Inter and AC Milan were both rumoured to be interested in the Ivorian, whose contract expires in 2017, but nothing formal came of their reported interest and the midfielder stayed put at the Etihad.

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Toure was overlooked in a squad containing seventeen overseas players, which includes injury-prone skipper Vincent Kompany, new signings from Germany Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, both of whom are yet to pull on the Manchester City shirt, and young Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho.

City will now be without the invaluable experience of Toure, a former Champions League winner with Barcelona, for their group games against Celtic, Borussia Monchengladbach, and former team Barcelona.

Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest - UEFA Champions League

It's safe to say the fans of Manchester City have been rather surprised by Guardiola's decision to omit Toure from the squad.

After announcing their Champions League squad on their official Twitter account, plenty of shocked City fans responded and were left wondering why Toure's name was not on the list.

Here are the best responses from some rather confused City fans.

Guardiola named just four central midfielders in his Champions League squad, with Fernando, Fabian Delph, Gundogan, and Fernandinho all being included.

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