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The Italian has dismissed reports that the former Barca man said he is looking for a return to the Catalan giants, stating that he doesn't think the Ivorian can leave the Citizens

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Roberto Mancini has insisted that star man Yaya Toure is happy at Manchester City despite growing speculation about a possible return to Barcelona.

The 29-year-old has been a crucial part of City's title challenge this season, contributing six goals, including a double over Newcastle that put one hand on the Premier League trophy, and five assists from midfield.

Earlier in the week the Ivorian, signed for £24 million from Barca, told Catalan radio station RAC1 that he would "love to return" to the "club of my life".

However, the 47-year-old Italian boss assured City fans that the playmaker is going nowhere, stating that he does not believe his player said otherwise.

Mancini was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "I don't think Yaya said this [that he wants to leave].

"Maybe he said he likes Barca because he played there, Barca is the best team in the world.

"But I think he is happy here. I don't think he can leave Manchester City."

Following their win over the Magpies, Mancini's men head into Sunday's clash with relegation-threatened QPR level on points with Manchester United, who face Sunderland away, but with a far superior goal difference.

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If City beat their former boss Mark Hughes' men at the Etihad, a ground on which they have failed to win just once this season, United will require a nine-goal swing in their favour order to stop the Citizens from being crowned champions and retain their title.

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