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Manchester City boss fires warning to title rivals by claiming Yaya Toure is back to his best

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed the performance of Yaya Toure in their comfortable 3-0 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Monday night.

The Ivorian midfielder scored one and had a huge hand in another as last season’s Premier League runners-up made the perfect start to the 2015-16 campaign with a dominant performance against the Baggies.

Toure was operating close to his best form during the first half in particular as he doubled City’s lead with a stunning finish from just outside the area and looked to be on a mission to reaffirm his status as the best central midfielder in English football.

Last season, the 32-year-old came in for a stinging criticism from the media and a transfer to Serie A to link-up with former boss Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan looked a real possibility during the summer, however, Toure committed his future to the club and his current manager has backed the powerhouse to lead City to the league title this season:

“I also think we will see the Yaya of one season ago – not last season when he had many problems,” the Chilean boss told the club’s official website.

“Yaya knows what happened last season. We had a conversation and we agreed a lot of things. I think he’s going to be a very important player for us this season,” Pellegrini added [via Star Sport].

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