Yaya Toure’s days at Manchester City are set to be numbered
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure looks set to leave the blue half of Manchester after 7 eventful years at the Etihad.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola today confirmed that he has already decided the future of the 7 players whose contract will end after this season but refused to disclose anything right now.
“It does not depend if they play the last three games,” said Guardiola. “The decision is already made.”
“We are going to communicate after the season.”“The club will do it properly as always, but we are still fighting for something so important for the club, for the future.””Now is the time to be focused.”
The former Ivory Coast international, Yaya Toure is one of those seven footballers which also include Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Tosin Adarabioyo.
Jesus Navas has been reportedly offered a new 1 year deal after impressing Guardiola as a right-back in recent matches. Tosin Adarabioyo has also reportedly agreed to a contract extension.
But Yaya Toure’s future remains unclear. The Ivorian was frozen out under Guardiola at the very first part of the season but since has forced his way back into the team. Toure will celebrate his 34th birthday this coming Saturday when City host Leicester and Pep is ready to avoid another ‘Cakegate’ incident this time.
“We’ll get him as big a cake as possible,” he said. “We are going to do that. But after the game.” Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has also hinted at a move away from the Etihad.
“The City fans should all bring cakes to the game to show Yaya how much they love him,” said Seluk. “It looks like this will be Yaya’s final season with City and I think he deserves a special goodbye from the people of Manchester.”
“What happened three years ago was a joke that was misunderstood. I think everybody will be able to laugh about it if supporters gave him a cake for this birthday.”
“Yaya loves City and he loves the fans. When he came, City could only dream about winning the Premier League and playing in the Champions League – and he has made those dreams come true.”
Toure joined Manchester City from Barcelona in 2010. He won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup once, the League Cup twice and the FA Community Shield once with the Sky Blues.