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Fernandinho feels those achievements have secured City a standing among the all-time greats, with their efforts set to live long in the memory. The ridiculous fuss over City's apparent failure to celebrate his birthday properly in 2014, which led to him eventually being given a birthday cake, turned Toure into a figure of fun and unfairly shifted the focus away from his playing ability.

The likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have had stellar campaigns but no-one dominated like Yaya did.

At his best, Toure was unstoppable - a buccaneering powerhouse who could destroy and create, score goals and take charge of a game through his sheer physical presence.

The 34-year-old midfielder has been one of City's most influential players since joining the club from Barcelona in 2010.

An appearance against Brighton would be Toure's 316th in City colours, per Transfermarkt, although just his 17th of the current campaign after Guardiola turned to other options since taking over.

"We can not forget the period from Roberto Mancini, and especially Manuel Pellegrini - Yaya was the key, key, key, key, key, key player".




"Yaya Toure is not going to stay next season", Guardiola explained at a press conference ahead of this weekend's home game against Huddersfield.

Such is the attacking and defensive ability of Toure that he was an ever-present in the heart of City's midfield for seven years before falling behind this season.

It helps us to keep our performance and play the same way as we have all season.

Toure started all that, though.

Toure, who has made just nine appearances this season, is wary of disrupting his young family with a move overseas and is settled in England, although he will be reluctant to take a major cut in his current £140,000-a-week salary.

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