Guardiola pays tribute to 'beloved' Yaya Toure ahead of final home game

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I think, especially, the Brighton team didn't want me to score but the most important thing was we broke the record, we scored more goals. "Tomorrow, we are going to play for Yaya".

Thierry Henry, for Arsenal in 2002-03, is the only player to reach 20 assists in a Premier League season.

Toure, 34, is leaving City this summer after an outstanding eight years at the club, a period in which he was won three Premier League titles and four domestic cups. Three in six years Premier Leagues, but in this moment just one, but we've done better than the others, we can not deny.

Veteran midfielder Toure was made captain for his final home appearance as a City player on a night that Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho got on the scoresheet for the hosts. Now it's one more game, we'll try for 100 points and finish this nearly flawless season.

The victory took City's totals for wins, points and goals in the Premier League this season 31, 97 and 105 - all new records in the competition.

At full-time, his brother Kolo - who also played for City between 2009-2013 - presented his younger brother Yaya with a commemorative shirt.

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"Hopefully we can make a good game and dedicate it to him", Guardiola added.

But he was also in no rush to look beyond next season in terms of pledging where his future lies and declined the opportunity to answer directly when asked if he would definitely sign a new deal.

"They are friends of mine-Ferran, Txiki, Khaldoon-and we have time to talk fluently about what is best for the club and us".

"We will give him what he deserves, one of the most handsome farewells a player can receive", City manager Pep Guardiola wrote in the match programme. "Once, a team will arrive and do better than us, but they will have to do really good".

"You know, Yaya does not leave the club because always he'll be part of it". That is a winning team and the character this team have to have if you want to compete with Barcelona and Madrid, because they are the same. "If there is ever going to be a legend at this club it is this man", said Kompany.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

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