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Pellegrini remains jovial in the face of Yaya Toure rumours

By Andy Hampson

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has joked that the club must celebrate Yaya Toure's birthday properly this year.

Midfielder Toure was at the centre of a bizarre row about cake last year after his agent claimed City did not do enough to mark the Ivorian's 31st birthday.

Toure turns 32 next Wednesday and Pellegrini was asked at his latest press conference if he had found a suitable cake for the occasion.

"Are you sure it is next week?" he asked with a smile. "We will do what is best for him. It is important to learn from the mistakes that you have (made) in the past!"

Pellegrini, however, was otherwise in little mood to discuss matters relating to Toure's outspoken representative Dimitri Seluk.

Seluk has claimed Toure is "90 per cent certain" to leave City this summer after five years.

Pellegrini, speaking ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash with QPR, said: "Everyone can say what they want but we are all focused in our team, the players and managers, and what the agents think is not my problem.

"We will talk about next season at the right moment. Everyone in this moment can say what they want about different rumours but I have never answered to Yaya's agent so I will not do it now.

"Yaya has a contract here for two more years so in this moment we are only thinking about the best way to finish the season."

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