Toure's influence has declined as he has featured little in City's title success this season but Guardiola is still grateful for his input.
The crowning moment on a handsome, sunny day in east Manchester came when Vincent Kompany raised aloft the biggest prize in English football, the third time the long-serving City captain has done so in seven seasons. The south coast club, expertly steered by one of English football's unsung heroes in Chris Hughton, are clear of trouble after an inaugural Premier League season that sometimes threatened to dump them straight back in the Championship.
He said: "He helped this club make a step forward and hopefully we can make a good game and dedicate it to him".
"The big players score big goals in big games and Yaya has always done that for City".
His agent, Dimitri Seluk, has revealed the Ivorian has his heart set on a stay in England and will even agree to pay back half his wages if his new club are not satisfied with his performances.More news: Cambridge Analytica ordered to release data on U.S. voter
Toure was left in no doubt of the Etihad's affection for him as he was mobbed by his team mates and received the most resounding cheers of all during City's trophy-hoisting celebrations on Sunday. City went on to win the final and end a 35-year wait for a trophy, validating the vast expenditure lavished on the club since Sheikh Mansour's takeover in 2008.
Toure was out of contract at the end of last season but after an impressive run of form convinced manager Pep Guardiola to give him another 12-month deal.
I have one more year.
"Looking at what I have achieved and what I have done, I don't think so".
"That's why you see the guys sing my name and come to slap me". They deserve it. They have been so long in the shadows of United and now they live in this city like they are the kings.
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"It's going to be good and it's going to be sad".
But the former FC Barcelona head coach accepts he may have misjudged Toure's attitude, desire and current level of ability at his current age.
"I think it's taken an exceptional season from Salah to win it [Player of the Season] ahead of De Bruyne".
"But that was the goal - to come to City, to put United in the shadow, although that would be hard".
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