Kolo Toure is ready to leave Manchester City in the summer after struggling to cement a place in the side, according to reports. 

The former Arsenal star has only made 12 appearances for Manchester City this season in the league and 14 appearances last season.

He was an integral part of City's initial project of becoming an English powerhouse when they were splashing the cash on players. Along with the centre-back came Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor, Joleon Lescott and Carlos Tevez. However, as more players came in, the further Toure found himself crowded out of the club's back four.

In recent times he has fallen down the pecking order with the likes of Lescott, Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic taking over his position. At the age of 32 Toure still has plenty to offer to any club willing to offer him a contract.

On his future, Toure told Sky Sports News: "I have been here for nearly four years, and two fantastic years when I have been playing a lot and I hear my songs with Yaya and I will miss those things.

"For me my family is here, my kids are at school and they like the area - but in two months nothing has come from the club and I am thinking about my future definitely.

"My first choice is this country, as I like English football - that is why I began playing football.

"After Ivory Coast I came here, I don't know any other culture and it is important for me to stay here, I have been here for ten-years.

The question now is which club he could potentially make a move to. Could a switch back to Arsenal be possible? 

Whichever club he chooses, one thing is for sure. He has made up his mind and will be moving on from City at the end of the season.

With Roberto Mancini unwilling to offer him a new contract and with FIFA's financial fair play getting ready to kick in, the club will surely be looking to let go some of their high wage earners who may not be in the first team plans.

 

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