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Roberto Mancini plans Ivory Coast plea over Yaya and Kolo Toure

Yaya Toure: Roberto Mancini keen to keep midfielder at Manchester City in New Year

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is hoping to persuade Ivory Coast not to select their three City players for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Yaya and Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak are all likely to feature in the Ivory Coast squad for the tournament in South Africa from 19th January to 10th February.

The trio's absence would leave Mancini short on numbers, although he is not sure if opting out is realistic.

He said: "If we lost Yaya and Kolo and maybe Abdul, who also has not played a lot of games here but maybe in January could be important if we have two or three players injured and we don't have other players - I hope that maybe they don't go in this competition.

"We talk and we need to talk more with their manager but it is difficult."