Manchester City news: Pep Guardiola confirms no apology from Yaya Toure but says Ivorian is 'training good'

Toure is one of several players to suffer a demotion at City with the former Barcelona head coach excluding him from his plans in Europe

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Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, has confirmed he is yet to receive an apology from Yaya Toure but says the Ivorian is training well ahead of the clash with Tottenham this weekend.

Toure is one of several players to suffer a demotion at City with the former Barcelona head coach excluding him from his plans in the Champions League, where his new side are linked up alongside his former club, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Celtic.

Asked about the midfielder’s current situation - following a spat between club and agent - Guardiola said: “He’s training everyday with us and training good. But I am not talking anymore about that case. You know my opinion about that.”

The ex-Bayern Munich boss was more willing to discuss City’s opponents this weekend, heaping praise on Mauricio Pochettino’s work in north London and saying he would be a “fan” of the Argentine if not a rival.

He added: “If I had not been a coach, I would be just a fan, I would be a young coach who want to become a coach, and I see Tottenham and I would say I would like to play that way. That is all I can say. I like how they play. 

“Against Manchester City last year when I saw it a few minutes against Manchester City played in White Hart Lane and they did the same what they are doing this year. And when I see it, I like. They are making the same as we do? 

“I don’t know because I didn’t speak with Mauricio and that is why at the end it depends on the quality of the players. But there are some similarities about Espanyol when he arrived. 

“The first game, arrived there in the first game it was so aggressive there was high pressing and many things and still the way they played is quite similar [to Spurs]. And the quality of the players at Tottenham is good.”

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