Yaya Toure: I will definitely stay at Manchester City
The Ivorian has been heavily linked with a move to Inter but has now claims he intends to remain at the Etihad Stadium for the foreseeable future
Yaya Toure insists that he will remain at Manchester City beyond the summer transfer window and has hinted that he could extend his stay at the club beyond the expiration of his current contract.
The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Inter in recent months, with coach Roberto Mancini and director Javier Zanetti talking up the prospect of acquiring the Cote d’Ivoire international.
Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, has previously claimed that his client was “90 per cent certain” to leave the Etihad this summer, but he has now insisted supporters have no reason to be concerned about his future.
“I will definitely stay. The fans don’t have to be worried,” he told Manchester Evening News.
“My target this year is to try to do everything possible to make this team improve well and I am sure with my experience, maybe I hope with the players coming in a couple of weeks, a couple of months, definitely it is going to be a strong City next year.”
Toure’s current deal expires in 2017, but he has suggested that he could extend his stay at the club if a new deal is offered to him.
“Football is like that,” he said. “You get a contract, but after maybe you can continue doing something. For me the target is to continue helping the club to the end.
“I think it is the first club where I have been where the fans have been singing my name for a long time. We have friends, people around you, fans always sing your name. Those things money can’t buy.”
Toure also claims that he has one ambition that he is yet to fulfil: winning the Champions League with the recently deposed Premier League champions.
“It is one of my big targets because City have been in the shadow of United for so long,” he said. “Sometimes their fans are coming back, saying we are the top because we have already won the Champions League.
“What I want for the fans is the Champions League. I will do everything that’s possible.”