Toure will leave Man City in June, says agent

LONDON • Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is a doubt for today's Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash at Paris Saint-Germain but a certainty to leave the club at the end of the season.

His agent revealed that the 32-year-old has not been offered a new contract and will assess his options at the end of the season.

Toure, who was the African Footballer of the Year four times in a row from 2011, joined City from Barcelona for £24 million (S$46 million) in July 2010.

It was Pep Guardiola who offloaded the Ivory Coast international and it is understood that the two fell out during their time at the Nou Camp.

With Guardiola replacing Manuel Pellegrini as City's manager when the Spaniard leaves Bayern Munich at the end of this season, it appears that Toure has no future at the Etihad Stadium.

"We have waited too long. Manchester City promised a deal but nothing has materialised, so Yaya will leave in June," his agent Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports television.

"Yaya is disappointed, of course, but he is a professional and he remains under contract so he will continue to do his best for City."

Toure has been linked by the media with a move to Inter Milan, who are coached by former City boss Roberto Mancini.

"Various offers have arrived for Yaya and we're evaluating them," Seluk said. "Inter? We're definitely talking about a great club.

"Everyone knows about the relationship between Yaya and Mancini but... we haven't made any decision yet. The Nerazzurri's project is great and Inter are a fantastic club so it's normal that they want a player of this level."

Toure, who will enter the final year of his £220,000-per-week contract in June, has also been linked with Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, West Ham and Arsenal.

He won the Premier League with City in 2012 and 2014, the FA Cup in 2011 and the League Cup in 2014 and 2016.

He is the highest-scoring midfielder in the Premier League since August 2010 with 57 goals.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2016, with the headline 'Toure will leave Man City in June, says agent'. Print Edition | Subscribe