As Manchester City prepare for a big Champions League match on Tuesday, coach Pep Guardiola is making noise with his squad decisions.
According to multiple reports, the Catalan manager has decided to drop midfielder Yaya Touré from the squad that travelled to Romania for the first leg of the Champions League playoff match against Steaua Bucharest. After missing the cut for the 18-man squad in the Premier League opener against Sunderland, Touré is again dropped for a key continental match.
This obviously raises questions about the Ivorian's future at the club. Touré was certain to leave as soon as Guardiola's appointment was announced back in February, but after nearly two months with Pep, Yaya is still training with the squad, and was used during preseason. However, he's not being picked for official games, which could be a sign of Touré not being on Pep's plans for the squad.
Samir Nasri, Jason Denayer, Wilfied Bony and Eliaquim Mangala were also not picked by Guardiola to face Sunderland and Steaua, and they are definitely leaving the club. Joe Hart was dropped from last Saturday's match, and he's already being linked with an exit from the Etihad.
This is the 21-man squad that is in Romania, which includes three Academy players:
Goalkeepers: Hart, Caballero, Gunn
Defenders: Sagna, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Clichy, Stones, Otamendi, Adarabioyo, Angeliño
Midfielders: Fernando, Sterling, Navas, De Bruyne, Delph, Silva, Fernandinho
Forwards: Nolito, Agüero, Iheanacho