Yaya Toure capped his return to the
Manchester City fold as he and new signing
Gabriel Jesus were included in their squad
for the Champions League knockout stages.
Toure was left out of City’s 25-man list for
the group stages, sparking a row between
boss Pep Guardiola and the Ivory Coast
midfielder’s agent that led to him being
frozen out of the side.
But since that dispute was resolved in
November, Toure has reclaimed a place in
the team and been in fine form, with his
latest dominant display coming in City’s 4-0
win at West Ham on Wednesday.
Toure’s inclusion in the Champions League
squad comes as no surprise, with fellow
midfielder Ilkay Gundogan likely to miss the
rest of the season through injury.
Recent signing Jesus, who scored his first
league goal since his move from Palmeiras in
the West Ham win, comes into the European
squad in place of Kelechi Iheanacho.
“I’m very happy for the goal, very happy for
the performance and especially for the win,”
Jesus told City TV.
“This is the spirit I think we have to have and
if we keep that spirit we will be able to
achieve our goals.
“The reception from the club has been great,
my team-mates are helping a lot and the
process of adaptation is going great.
“I honestly thought it would be more difficult
but thanks to my family, my friends and my
team-mates it’s going really well.”
Having now been registered at the club for
two years, Iheanacho can be removed from
the main squad quota but remain eligible as a
player named on the “B” list.
City face Monaco in the Champions League
last 16 as they aim to win the competition for
the first time.