Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has reiterated his desire to stay at the Eithad beyond the summer by becoming the club’s answer to Paolo Maldini, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Ivorian international had been linked with a move to Inter Milan in the upcoming transfer window, claiming that he had been pushing for an exit following City’s limp defence of their Premier League title.
But now the 32-year-old has laid out his plans, not just for next season, but his entire career, by stating his desire to stay with City to see out the remainder of his playing days and become the club’s answer to Paolo Maldini.
“That’s the dream for all the players,” he said. “I was trying to convince some players to continue at the club and they said ‘why?’
“Because it was the case of Maldini, it was the case of (Franco Baresi), of (Alessandro) del Piero – so many important players. (Francesco) Totti as well. They are staying long at the club.”
Toure was apparently convinced to stay at the Etihad following crunch talks with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
He also paid tribute to City’s fans, by stating that he had no intention of turning his back on them after signing his name so continuously from the stands.
“It is very, very important as a person and as a football player as well when you see people are following you,” said Toure. “It is difficult sometimes to disappoint them.
“The fans are doing brilliant for this club. When people show you loyalty, nothing is going by. That’s why I want to stay at City. I want to stay long.”
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