Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has risked incurring the wrath of his current paymasters and fans of the Premier League champions by meeting officials from Paris Saint-Germain in Qatar, while also heaping praise on the Ligue 1 kings in an interview with France Football.
Toure has left City fans flabbergasted over the last week by refusing to pour cold water on a narrative that paints the Ivory Coast star has unhappy with the level of respect afforded by the club's owners, all spearheaded by the lack of an appropriate happy birthday message.
The 31-year-old has publicly insisted his focus is now on preparing for next month's World Cup, but France Football believe he spent time with PSG chiefs and an interview with the same publication saw City's talisman speak about the French giants in glowing terms.
He said: "Given the objectives of Paris, how not to be interested in a club like that?
"PSG has become one of the strongholds in Europe. It would be an honor to be one day, such a club. If I can be of service."
City clearly have some work to do to persuade the linchpin of their title-winning side that his long-term future still lies at the Etihad, with PSG possessing the financial muscle to make a shock summer switch happen if talks after the World Cup don't resolve a frankly farcical situation.
PSG have baulked at the premise the UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules could upset their quest for European domination and Toure could be the next piece of that puzzle, with a £50m deal for David Luiz a done deal just a fortnight after the domestic campaign's conclusion.