The Ivorian midfielder had appeared destined for a January exit but made a sensational return to the starting line-up in the win over Crystal Palace, scoring both goals in City’s 2-1 success, and kept his place in the side for the following Premier League game against Burnley at the weekend.
However, Toure missed the midweek Champions League draw with Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach after being omitted from their European squad.
It seemed as if there would be no way for Toure to salvage his City career under Guardiola but after two successive Premier League starts the dynamic midfielder has hailed the Catalan coach and is desperate to feature regularly for the former Barcelona boss.
The 33-year-old has now stressed he intends to remain at the Etihad Stadium as he wants to earn a Champions League recall for the knockout stages, which begin in February after the winter transfer window has closed.
Speaking to reporters after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley, he said: “Of course, that’s why I stayed at City. The most important thing is to help the team, and to also help the manager, who is very, very intelligent, very strong tactically.
“I think when the team gets all of his ideas we are going to be a great team.
“I have to keep working because [Guardiola] is a very, very, very professional person and he really likes football.
“I think that the most important thing for me is to keep working…those who work hardest always have more opportunities to play.”
Manchester United and Liverpool’s see-sawing squabble for second place continues with a blockbuster lunchtime clash at Old Trafford on Saturday.
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John White will be missing for Chris Powell's Southend for their SkyBet League One clash against Doncaster.
QPR boss Ian Holloway will have defender Alex Baptiste back at his disposal for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with struggling Sunderland.
Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Stoger was left frustrated and disappointed with his team after the 2-1 defeat to Salzburg on Thursday night.
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