Pep’s Presser: Tribute to Yaya Touré, his future, Mikel Arteta’s status amid Arsenal links

Manchester City have one more home game to go this season and that takes place tomorrow night at the Etihad Stadium, with a special send-off planned for club legend Yaya Touré.

Brighton are the visitors, also having reason to celebrate after securing their Premier League survival at the weekend. Pep Guardiola spoke ahead of the match this afternoon at a sunny CFA, taking questions from the media.

Of course, Yaya Touré was the big topic of the press conference and Pep had only good things to say about him.

“Yaya has helped make the club bigger and bigger and bigger,” Guardiola said. “He is and was one of the most important players in the whole history. He helped this club step forward hopefully we can play a good game and dedicate it to him.

“We will not judge Yaya on this season, maybe I was wrong with my decisions. He is the only guy last season who finished his contract who we extended because I thought he could help us. I wish him well. I hope he stays in world football.”

Where could Yaya end up next? Pep has no doubt he is still Premier League quality but believes only one man can determine Yaya’s future – the man himself.

“I am not the right guy to say what is best, he will decide what is best. My advice, if he has the desire, he must continue. He still has to feel I want to play and if he does, he has to.”

City were underwhelming against Huddersfield at the weekend, but Pep feels the season as a whole was the most important thing to consider as they celebrated.

“The result was not good (on Sunday), the performance neither. But we celebrated what we have done in ten months and we spoke about not going out, saying hi and coming back to mobile phones. I said go out with your family, take pictures and enjoy. That’s what we did.”

Mikel Arteta continues to be linked with the Arsenal job and Pep wasn’t sure if there will be any changes to his coaching staff this summer.

“I don’t know what is going to happen,” Pep responded coyly, refusing to deny that Arteta could replace Arsene Wenger.

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