Yaya Toure To Leave Manchester City At The End Of The Season
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure will no longer by a Manchester City player at the end of the season, according to his agent.
Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has revealed that the four-time African Player of the Year will leave the English Premier League outfit at the climax of the 2015-16 campaign, as he has not been offered a new contract at the club.
The player seemed destined to leave the club last season, with his agent suggesting that he had one foot out the door, and a selection of clubs including Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan keen on Toure’s services, but the player decided to remain with the Citizens.
Now his agent is once again suggesting that a move away from Manchester is on the cards, when the season comes to an end.
“We have waited too long. Manchester City promised a deal but nothing has materialised so Yaya will leave in June,” Seluk told Sky Sports television.
“Yaya is disappointed, of course, but he is a professional and he remains under contract so he will continue to do his best for City.”
Discussing the options available for Toure to consider, the agent mentioned Inter Milan as a viable destination.
“Various offers have arrived for Yaya and we’re evaluating them. Inter? We’re definitely talking about a great club,” he added.
“Everyone knows about the relationship between Yaya and Mancini but… we haven’t made any decision yet. The Nerazzurri’s project is great and Inter is a fantastic club so it’s normal that they want a player of this level,” the agent explained.
The 32-year-old made his move from Barcelona to Man City in 2010, for a fee of $34.2 million, and has been a pillar of strength in the midfield, contributing in attack and defence.
This most recent announcement from Seluk could be a ploy to put pressure on Manchester City and force them to act quickly in trying to tie down the Cote D’Ivoire international, but his availability will interest clubs around Europe.
It is likely that a number of clubs will show their interest in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner in the coming months, with the Nerazzurri expected to be frontrunners for his signature.