Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed "rumours" that the club could attempt to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi
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England Women midfield schemer Jill Scott has found herself laughing at the artistry of fellow Manchester City playmaker Yaya Toure.
While former Barcelona man Toure pulls the strings for Manuel Pellegrini's men, Sunderland-born Scott has a similar role in the engine room for the club's women's side, who recently won the Continental Cup.
"I wish I could play like him. Yaya Toure is such a player," Scott said.
"I've been to watch him quite a few times because we're lucky enough to get tickets to come to games and I'm laughing in disbelief at how good he is at times.
"Honestly, some of the passes he sees I have to laugh. I'm trying to add more of an attacking approach to my game."
Captain Vincent Kompany has boosted Manchester City by returning to training following a calf injury, the club have revealed.
The influential defender took a knock in City's Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow on November 5 and then missed the 2-2 draw at QPR in the Premier League three days later.
The Premier League champions host Swansea on Saturday afternoon.
Joe Hart hopes champions Manchester City return from the international break reinvigorated and refocused on club duty after a difficult run.
City have one win in six matches after drawing 2-2 at QPR on Saturday to sit eight points adrift of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.
– Man City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart.
It was a tough game. We struggled a bit, but we came back into it well and we did well to get the second goal. We stood up, quality shone through. We'd like to have won it, but we'll take the point. I'd like to think we're going to come back fresh. We're going to be together for a lot longer now - we haven't got an international break breaking us up over Christmas. We've got four months to really get our heads down and get ourselves into this league.