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UEFA Rule On Overseas Players Made Guardiola Sacrificed Toure For Teen Wonder Iheanacho

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola left midfielder Yaya Toure out of his 2016-2017 Champions League squad, due to UEFA strict rules on the inclusion of overseas players.

Guardiola despite letting four internationals leave before Wednesday transfer deadline, still has 18 players on his books and going by the rules City could not include more than 17 overseas players in their squad.

33 year old Yaya Toure has played a major part in all City’s trophy wins since he was bought from Barcelona, then managed by Guardiola, for £24m in 2010 was the one player sacrificed by the manager.

It was his straight choice between him and 19 year old Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho, and the Spaniard settled for the teen who only recently put pen to paper on a new five year deal.

Last season, Iheanacho was included in City’s Champions League squad in January with French star Samir Nasri now at Sevilla, the man sacrificed to accommodate the MVP of the 2013 U-17 World Cup.