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Manchester City plan fitting send-off for Yaya Toure after summer exit confirmed

Manchester City plan fitting send-off for Yaya Toure after summer exit confirmed

The Ivory Coast global turns 35 on the last day of the current campaign and has been a key part of City's rise to prominence under their wealthy Abu Dhabi owners.

Guardiola is expected to hand the Ivorian the captain's armband for his final home game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday.

The Ivory Coast midfielder scored an incredible 20 goals in 35 Premier League appearances that season as City mounted a late surge to the title to deny Suarez and Liverpool in the final straight, but after his own impressive campaign, the individual award went to the Uruguay forward.

"He will not stay after this season", Guardiola said on Friday.

Guardiola said: "The Brighton game we will give him what he deserves, one of the most attractive farewells a player can receive".

There were initial fears Guardiola could sell Toure for a second time upon arriving at the Etihad in 2016, but the anchor lasted and ultimately signed a one-year extension last summer, proving his worth under the Catalan tactician.

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

"Yaya came here at the start of the journey", said Guardiola, via BBC Sport.

Guardiola added: 'We can not forget the period from Roberto Mancini, and especially Manuel Pellegrini, Yaya was the key, key, key player.

And as Guardiola prepared his side to face Huddersfield on Sunday and Brighton on Wednesday in two home games, the manager confirmed that the Ivory Coast global will be leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer.