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Yaya Toure vows to put in hard work to stay in Manchester City picture

Yaya Toure has vowed to keep working hard following his Manchester City recall.

The midfielder was frozen out of the first-team picture by manager Pep Guardiola in September following some controversial comments by his outspoken agent, Dimitri Seluk.

That stand-off ended when Toure issued an apology last month and the 33-year-old was brought back in for the Premier League victory at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.

He retained his place for last week's win at Burnley and was among the substitutes for Saturday's clash with Chelsea.

Speaking in the matchday programme, Toure said: "On a personal level, I have to keep working because Pep is a very, very professional person and he really loves football.

"I think that the most important thing for me is to keep working hard - those who work hardest always have more opportunities to play. I'm delighted to play, I always want to play and help my team-mates.

"I was prepared mentally and I knew that one day my manager would need me again. I am just very happy to be playing football and I hope I can help us get three very important points against Chelsea today."

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