Manchester City’s midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure will leave the club at the end of the season having not been offered a new contract, his agent said on Monday.
The Ivory Coast international is out of contract in the summer and a decision has been taken to find a new club according to his agent Dimitri Seluk
The 32-year-old , who was the African Footballer of the Year four times in a row from 2011, joined Premier League City from Barcelona for £24 million ($34.23 million) in July 2010.
Six years ago Toure was sold by Barca boss Pep Guardiola, who will replace Manuel Pellegrini as City’s coach when the Spaniard leaves Bayern Munich at the end of this season.
“We have waited too long. Manchester City promised a deal but nothing has materialised so Yaya will leave in June,” his agent Dimitri 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.”
Toure has been linked by the media with a move to Inter Milan who are coached by former City boss Roberto Mancini.
“Various offers have arrived for Yaya and we’re evaluating them,” Seluk said. “Inter? We’re definitely talking about a great club. 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.”
Toure won the Premier League with City in 2012 and 2014, the FA Cup in 2011 and the League Cup in 2014 and 2016.
Toure once had a trial at Arsenal and even played some friendlies for the club, however a permanent move never materialised. Toure would add some additional experience to the squad, however the club are already blessed with an array of midfield options, which might make Toure a luxury they can live without.
Toure has been at Man City throughout the club’s recent years of success – he’s synonymous with it. So it’d grate the blue half of Manchester if he were to move to Old Trafford. That alone might make him worth signing in the eyes of some. But in practical terms, United already have central midfield options with Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Chelsea have had problems in midfield all season with the balance between Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas looking off kilter and other pairings failing to convince. Toure could be the answer and with new manager Antonio Conte taking over this summer, new arrivals on the playing front are expected to come in to.
And many more, where might the international midfielder go, the decision is yet to be made.