Wednesday 11 December 2019

Toure quashes agent's exit talk as he pledges future to City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks set to hold on to his star midfielder Yaya Toure after the Ivory Coast international said he will honour his contract which runs until 2017. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks set to hold on to his star midfielder Yaya Toure after the Ivory Coast international said he will honour his contract which runs until 2017. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Jamie Holland

Yaya Toure has vowed to remain at Manchester City as he asked for an end to a summer of speculation largely begun by his own agent.

Toure and his representative Dimitri Seluk yesterday confirmed that the Ivory Coast international intends to honour his contract with City – which runs until 2017 – at the Etihad Stadium.

"The fans have always been good to me, they've always been good to my family," Toure said.

"I want to stay. I will always honour my contract. I don't want to think about all this speculation. It's a great pleasure to stay and enjoy the next season."

Toure's agent Seluk sparked speculation about his future just days after City lifted the Premier League title, claiming Toure was hurt by the club's failure to mark his birthday, despite a video on the club's website showing Toure being presented with a birthday cake.

Further stories followed as Seluk claimed his client had been shown a lack of respect by City, and he was strongly linked with Paris Saint-Germain before, in recent days, Manchester United emerged as another possible destination.

DEBT

Toure described the speculation as "disappointing" as he said he owed a debt to City fans.

"Everything is fine now," he said. "There was a lot of speculation. Sometimes it's quite disappointing.

"I need to do something for the fans, it's important to let them know. They've done a lot for me. The team is preparing well and we will try to win the league again next season."

Seluk, who spoke before Toure, had said: "I would like to say Yaya will stay at City. He won't go to any other club. Everybody can stop the speculation about this.

"Yaya will stay at Manchester City 100pc. He has a contract, he will work very hard and I hope this season he will be the best player in England."

Although Seluk is seen as the source of so much of the speculation surrounding the Ivorian – something he has a record for starting most summers – Toure backed his agent.

"He's quite strong sometimes, but he's a very good guy," he said.

"To be honest, we never wanted to talk about money. There are more important things than money. To be happy, healthy. Respect as well is important."

Seluk was even able to laugh at some of the more surreal stories that have emerged.

"I hope now that everybody will have a very friendly relationship," he said. "I hope when his next birthday comes around they will celebrate together."

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