Saturday 7 December 2019

It would be an honour to play for PSG – Toure

Manchester City's Yaya Toure
Manchester City's Yaya Toure

Mark Ogden

Yaya Toure will be expected to play in Manchester City's pre-season clash with Liverpool in New York at the end of July if he fails to inspire the Ivory Coast to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Midfielder Toure has added to the uncertainty surrounding his future at the Etihad Stadium by claiming that he would be "honoured" to play for Paris St-Germain if the French champions were to pursue a move for him.

The 31-year-old, a central figure in the Light Blues' title-winning campaign, has been at odds with the club since his agent Dmitry Seluk went public with claims last week that Toure had become unsettled due to the lack of birthday congratulations offered by City earlier this month.

But despite the club's insistence that they will not consider selling him or contemplate offering him a new contract, Toure highlighted his desire to force a move from the Etihad by declaring his interest in playing for PSG in an interview with 'France Football' magazine.

"When I think about the objectives of Paris St-Germain, how can you not be interested in a club like that?" Toure said. "PSG have become a European power. It would be an honour to be part of such a club one day ... if I can be of use."

It is understood that the player will be told to fly out to the USA to join up with Manuel Pellegrini's squad on their pre-season tour following his post-World Cup break. All of City's World Cup players have been granted a four-week holiday starting with their country's elimination in Brazil. Should Ivory Coast fail to emerge from Group C, Toure's World Cup commitments will end on June 24.

However, if they reach the knock-out stages, only a victory in a second-round tie on June 28/29 would rule Toure out of City's trip to the States. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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