Yaya Toure is ‘very happy’ at Etihad insists City chief Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City's Yaya Toure
Manchester City's Yaya Toure

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Toure is “very happy” at the club and ready for the start of the new season.

City’s player of the year in their title-winning 2013-14 campaign has had a difficult summer, during which his relationship with the club appeared strained.

First there were the infamous claims from his agent that he felt unappreciated and disrespected by the club after his birthday was not sufficiently acknowledged during a post-season trip to Abu Dhabi.

In June Toure’s younger brother Ibrahim died after a battle with cancer.

In the days that followed Toure claimed he had been denied permission by the club to spend time with Ibrahim as his health deteriorated.

These matters led to considerable speculation that the Ivory Coast international could leave City, with Paris St German heavily linked, but last month he reiterated his commitment to the club.

Pellegrini said: “Really, I spoke with Yaya and he’s very happy.

“I don’t know what happened in the summer. Some people talked about his position, but really at this moment he doesn’t have any problems. It has passed, it doesn’t matter at this moment.”