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'He's a machine' - Sterling praises City team-mate Toure logo 02-06-2017

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has hailed team-mate Yaya Toure as "a machine" after he was rewarded with a new contract.

The Ivorian's future at Etihad Stadium looked bleak following his ostracism from the first team for the majority of the first three months of the 2016-17 season.

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Manager Pep Guardiola handed him a surprise start against Crystal Palace on November 19 and Toure repaid that faith by scoring both goals in City's 2-1 win.

The 34-year-old went on to play an integral part in the second half of City's season and was handed a new one-year deal this week, ending uncertainty over whether he would stay in Guardiola's plans next term.

Sterling says it is a "pleasure" to play alongside Toure and has praised the way he can control matches from midfield.

"Uncle Yaya – what can I say about him?" he told City's official website.

"He's done it at the highest level and he's done it over many years for City. It's a pleasure to share the pitch with him.

"Some of the stuff he does is incredible. You can always learn from him.

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"The way he controls the game is brilliant and he is so composed on the ball.

"He can play wherever and whenever he wants. He's a machine."

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