Manchester City talisman Yaya Toure has put doubts over his future to bed by confirming that he intends to stay at the Etihad, and help the club win Europe’s holy grail.
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According to the Daily Mirror, the player’s agent Dimitri Seluk had previously suggested that the Ivorian was almost certainly going to be leaving the club in the summer. However, the 32-year-old has refuted those claims, revealing that his love for the side is behind his decision to stay put.
“I will definitely stay, the fans don’t have to be worried,” he stated.
“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,” he explained.
The former Barcelona man is now at an age where most players begin to enter the twilight of their careers. However, he is still dreaming of helping the Citizens clinch the Champions League and becoming the undisputed number one side in the city.
“What I want for the fans is the Champions League. I will do everything that’s possible,” Toure said.
“It is one of my big targets because City have been in the shadow of United for so long,” he added.
Toure has been a critical part of City’s rise to the top of the English game. He scored the only goal of the 2011 FA Cup final – the first trophy since the Abu Dhabi United group arrived in 2008 – and was a driving force behind them winning their first Premier League title one year later.
While his performances this season have not been up to his previous standards, he still remains one of the most effective midfielders in the top flight, and maintains the ability to make someone special happen from absolutely nothing.