European Champions League: Yaya Toure is not unhappy at Man City, says Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini insists Yaya Toure is happy at Manchester City.
Toure claimed in an interview this week that he deserves greater recognition from the media for his achievements at the club.
The midfielder said he was not happy with the situation despite winning titles and earning lots of money, but manager Pellegrini has stressed it is important not to interpret Toure's comments as meaning he is unhappy with life at the club.
Pellegrini said: "He says he is not happy about not being recognised, so people say he is not happy here, but he is happy.
"It is different to not be happy about the criticism or the recognition, than to not be happy.
"They are different words, you can interpret how you want, but I think Yaya is happy here. He doesn't have any problems.
"I don't think I have to answer how important Yaya is. The answer is in his performances in the last four years. He demonstrates it every game he plays."
Toure is one of three City players to make the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or along with Sergio Aguero and new signing Kevin de Bruyne.
Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference ahead of tonight's Champions League game against Sevilla when he again confirmed Aguero would be sidelined for a month.
"He will be a big loss tomorrow but we have a good enough squad to make up for the losses," the Chilean said.
City go into the game level on three points with Sevilla in Group D, three behind leaders Juventus.
Champions League: Etihad Stadium, 7.45pm (BT Sport)