Kolo Toure heading for Man City exit

ESPN has learned Kolo Toure will be leaving Manchester City at the end of this season.

The Ivorian defender, who was signed by Mark Hughes from Arsenal for £16m in 2009, has fallen out of favour at the Etihad under Roberto Mancini, dropping behind Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott in the central defensive pecking order.

The 32-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has not been offered a new deal. He would like to stay in England, although his high wage demands could be a stumbling block.

Toure said: “I have been here for nearly four years, and two fantastic years when I have been playing a lot.

For me my family is here (in Manchester), my kids are at school and they like the area – but in two months nothing has come from the club and I am thinking about my future definitely.

My first choice is this country, as I like English football – that is why I began playing football.

Despite a preference to stay in the Premier League, Galatasaray and Anzhi Makhachkala have shown tentative interest in recent months, and could offer Toure the chance to win more domestic honours.

Toure has made 79 league appearances for the Citizens, scoring twice. He has won the FA Cup three times, and the Premier League twice, also being an integral part of the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ squad in 2004. He also scored the final ever European goal at Highbury in 2006.

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