Manchester City to hold talks with Yaya Toure

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Toure has made claims that he is badly treated at the club (©GettyImages)
Toure has made claims that he is badly treated at the club (©GettyImages).

Manchester City are expected to hold talks with their out-of-sorts midfielder Yaya Toure, who is reportedly unhappy with life in the north, before their second pre-season friendly.

The Ivorian is expected to link up with his teammates next week along with the Premier League champions' other World Cup representatives, including England flops Joe Hart and James Milner.

American tour

Once in America, City will open talks with Toure to discuss some off-message comments he made, according to The Guardian, supposedly suggesting that he is seeking a move away from the Etihad Stadium or that he is looking for a new and improved contract offer.

These reports have stemmed from a claim, made by the 31-year-old's agent, Dimitry Seluk, and later backed up by Toure himself on Twitter, that nobody at the club took the liberty to shake his hand and wish him a happy birthday, and that a Twitter post publicly wishing him a happy 31st birthday was not enough to satisfy the powerful Ivorian.

Toure's problems continued when, around a month later, he claimed that the club had not given him compassionate leave to see his dying brother, an event which City strongly deny, before Seluk claimed that Toure would win all of the individual Premier League player awards 'if he was white', just last week.

The Manchester club are baffled by these claims, the report claims, and are determined to resolve these outbursts sooner rather than later.

Great form

Toure scored 20 goals in 35 appearances from midfield last campaign, helping the Citizens to a second Premier League title in three years, as well as earning himself a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident that Toure will remain with the club next campaign having signed a four year contract with the club only last year, despite interest from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Although a lot has changed since Toure put pen to paper a year ago, with him seemingly becoming increasingly unhappy at the club, and a move away may be exactly what the Ivorian is after.

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