Pellegrini wants free role for Toure

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says it is important for his team to free Yaya Toure of defensive responsibilities, after the midfielder scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Fulham.

Toure scored twice from the penalty spot, before unleashing a stunning 25-yard shot for his third, with Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis completing the rout.

Toure's hat-trick is the seventh so far in the Premier League this season, but Manchester City's first in the league since April 2012.

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