Manchester City ‘s defense of the Barclay’s Premier League title took a dent when Ivory Coast called up Yaya Toure for international duty at the start of the year. While City suffered, Yaya Toure went on to impress for Ivory Coast in Equatorial Guinea, winning the trophy for the first time.
Manchester City usually enjoy their best when Yaya Toure is on top of his game. However, with the death of his brother Ibrahim and his public outcry of dissatisfaction at the club, Toure’s future in Manchester was in doubt, with the club and the player unwilling to comment on the issue.
His agent, Dimitry Seluk, has reported that Yaya has intimated that he wants to end his career at Manchester City, with the possibility of taking up a non-playing role after his retirement.
“Yaya loves Manchester City and, despite what is sometimes said, he is happy at the club. In fact, he would like to stay for life. He would love nothing better than to finish his playing career with City and then work for the club after that.”
Many pundits have labeled Toure as lazy and spoiled. However, his agent wants to assure fans that his motive for a new contract is not one based on money.
“That’s why I want City to give Yaya a new contract, to show him that they want him to be part of the future. It is not about money. It is about keeping Yaya at the club until his playing days are over and showing the club’s best player that he is respected and loved. When he stops playing, then Yaya could have an executive role, perhaps as sporting director. Think about it. He has played in Belgium, Ukraine, Greece, France, Spain and England. He has won championships with Olympiakos, Barcelona and Manchester City. He has won the Champions League and the African Cup of Nations.”
Since welcoming Toure back from Equatorial Guinea, Manchester City’s form has dramatically improved, with an impressive performance against Newcastle United at home. Manchester City will happy that their return to form coincides with a very difficult set of fixture.
Manchester City are set to host Barcelona in a crunch Champions League match at the Etihad, while a difficult trip away to in-form Liverpool awaits on Sunday.
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