Wilfried Bony has called for Yaya Toure to reject offers from elsewhere and commit his future to deposed Premier League champions Manchester City, Sky Sports has reported.
Toure’s future at the Etihad Stadium has regularly come under question dating back almost a year, with the midfielder’s agent recently revealing the ex-Barcelona man was ‘90% certain’ to leave the club. A reunion with former City manager Roberto Mancini, at his old club Inter, has been mooted, but Bony hopes his Ivory Coast colleague remains where he is.
“I talk to him about it all the time. He knows what I think. He brought me here so he needs to stay,” Bony, who joined City from Swansea in January, said. “He told me about his being a big club, how we were the champions.
“He told me it was a club that always fights – and I am always a fighter so I liked that,” Bony went on. “He told me about the pressure, everything. For sure everyone wants to keep him here. He’s a legend for this club and he always will be. We hope he stays. He’s a big player here and we know everything he is doing for the club.”
Toure moved to City in the summer of 2010, having previously played for Barca, Monaco, Olympiakos, Metalurh Donetsk and Beveren. The 32-year-old has made more than 200 appearances for City, winning the Premier League twice – in 2011-12 and 2013-14 – and the 2011 FA Cup, as well as the 2014 League Cup.
Bony meanwhile spent a season-and-a-half at Swansea, moving from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013. He scored 34 goals in 74 games for the Welsh club and to date has one goal in his seven appearances for City.
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