Pep Guardiola has identified a new role for Yaya Toure at Manchester City

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Compared to the standard opening third of a season for most players, Yaya Toure's has been chaotic to say the least.

And that's without the Manchester City midfielder getting much game time either, after a falling out between City boss Pep Guardiola and the Ivorian's agent Dimitri Seluk.

Toure had been left in the wilderness at the Etihad, with Guardiola demanding an apology from the player's agent after comments made early in the season by Seluk, aimed at the Spaniard.


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However, after Toure had apologised on his agent's behalf, the 33-year-old returned for only his second appearance of the campaign in a 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace last weekend.

And, ironically, it was the Ivorian who netted both goals to secure three points in his first league outing of the campaign.

But, as per the Mirror, it seems that Guardiola - who worked with the former Ivory Coast international during his time in charge of Barcelona - is set to make another twist to Toure's mismatched start to the season.

Toure Guardiola's Kompany solution

With captain Vicent Kompany set to be on the sidelines for weeks, following his latest injury set-back at Palace last weekend, it seems that Guardiola believes that Toure can be the fitting solution to his problems.

The midfielder was used as a centre-back in Barcelona's 2009 Champions League final success against Manchester United, and it seems that Guardiola is willing to push Toure further down the field, in order to avoid delving into the transfer market in January.

It is understood that the Spaniard doesn't want to enter the winter transfer window and has now identified a role for Toure, who will help out City's only fit centre-backs John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

Fernandinho retaining midfield birth

That will allow City to keep Fernandinho, who Guardiola believes could also competently cover in defence, in his natural midfield role - where he has excelled so far this season.

City's owners are willing to sanction a January signing, if Guardiola sees fit, but it appears the 45-year-old is happy with the squad at his disposal and believes Toure is good enough to cover for long-serving City star, Kompany.

Toure could also return to Guardiola's Champions League squad, for the knock-out phase of the tournament - having been left out of his initial squad selection for the group stages.

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