Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has cemented his place in the starting XI following an injury which has sidelined club captain Vincent Kompany, and his run of form could well have convinced manager Roberto Mancini to offer him a new contract, according to reports.
The ex-skipper has found himself falling down the pecking order at the Etihad when a six-month ban followed after using his wife's water tablets which contained a banned substance. This resulted in him losing his place as Kompany's first-choice partner and he has struggled to feature in the squad regularly ever since, appearing in just 13 games this season thanks to the form of Matija Nastasic.
However, Kolo has been solid agaisnt Leeds, Chelsea and Aston Villa and due to Kompany's prolonged spell on the sidelines, looks set to start alongside Nastasic this Saturday against Barnsley.
Mancini has indicated his recent form could be enough to extend his contract. When asked whether Toure would be leaving in the summer, Mancini recently said: "I am also leaving in the summer - on holiday!"
On a more serious note however, he continued: "Kolo is a really professional player and deserves to have the satisfaction of those performances. He has done really well and we will see. I am happy for him because he is a good guy."
Mancini has made it clear that City are still looking for a young centre-back to develop alongside Nastasic, and is rumoured to be closely watching Roma's 18-year-old Brazillian stopper, Marquinhos.
Kolo has made it clear that if he was to leave City, staying in the Premier League would be his preference over a move to foreign leagues, with Turkish trio Galatasaray, Fenerbache and Bursaspor all monitoring his situation.
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