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PSG head queue as Toure hints at city exit

Published 22/04/2015 | 02:30

Yaya Toure now appears ready to head to the Manchester City exit door after suggesting he has grown tired of playing for the club
Yaya Toure now appears ready to head to the Manchester City exit door after suggesting he has grown tired of playing for the club

Yaya Touré has signalled his intention to leave Manchester City this summer after claiming he no longer belongs at the club and is ready to seek a new challenge with the likes of Paris St-Germain or Inter Milan.

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The Ivory Coast midfielder, who will be 32 next month, also claims in an interview with French publication Foot Marcato that he has been the victim of more severe criticism for the club's poor performances this season than many of his City team-mates.

City are prepared to offload at least six senior players this summer, with Toure the most high-profile name on the club's for sale list.

And Toure - a £24m arrival from Barcelona in July 2010 - now appears ready to head to the City exit door after suggesting he has grown tired of playing for the club.

"No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me. It would be unjust on my part," he said.

"For the future, I don't know more than you do, because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature.

"When things are not necessarily going well in a club, the key players take the fall. I am not the only one to have been attacked even if there is tendency to be harsher with me.

"I accept criticism if it helps me to improve and I ignore them when their aim is simply to break me."

With Toure one of City's highest earners on an incentivised contract worth up to £240,000 a week, interested clubs would face a challenge to match the money the players earns with the Premier League champions.

But with PSG bankrolled by the Qatari royal family, Toure's wage demands would not be an issue for the French champions.

"PSG is a great club who, I think, is not finished growing and also a big club where any great player can find a place for themselves and make a contribution," Toure said.

A move to Inter would appear more unlikely due to the financial problems in Italian football, although Toure claims his relationship with Inter manager Roberto Mancini is a good one, saying: "Mancini is a mentor for me, he is a special coach." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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