Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played down rumours linked midfielder Yaya Toure with a summer departure from the Etihad stadium. The Ivorian international’s agent recently claimed he was “90% certain” that Toure would leave at the end of the season, but Pellegrini believes otherwise, reports Sky Sports.
With Yaya Toure having endured a disappointing season by his standards, coupled with his advancing age, many felt Manchester City would put him up for sale then the current campaign comes to a close. Italian Serie A side Inter Milan, manager by former City boss Roberto Mancini, and French Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain are two clubs reportedly keen on the midfielder.
Manchester city haven’t made any statement of intent to sell Toure, but they are certainly rebuilding for a stronger Premier League season, which could see them cashing in on players if acceptable bids come their way. The Sky Blues want to be heavily compensated for Toure as they still feel he has years left of service in him, but Pellegrini has played down any talk of an exit, and pointed to the two years left on his contract at City.
“Yaya has a contract here at the moment. So at the moment we are about the best way to finish the season – and then we’ll see what happens. I’m not disappointed because everyone can talk about what they think is better for him but we are all focused on our team – players and managers. What the agent says is not my problem,” he said.
Think you know your football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG’s tipster competition – £11,000 to be won monthly!
Get upto £200 in free matched bets with bet365 - Click here to find out more