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Yaya Toure eyes Manchester City director of football role

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Manchester City fans be warned: Yaya Toure's agent has been discussing the midfielder's future in the national media again.

However, this time it seems to positive news after agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted suggesting Toure could stay at the Etihad for the rest of his playing days and beyond.

Future

Toure's future at the club has often been a subject of discussion, with a birthday cake, or lack thereof, once threatening to end his time at the club in one of the more bizarre news stories to come out of the Premier League.

However those issues appear to have been resolved, and Seluk has now spoken of the possibility of Toure taking up a role at Manchester City when his playing days are finished.

Given his experience across Europe and Africa, Toure has been touted as a possible sporting director, and would follow another top midfielder, Patrick Vieira, in extending his City stay beyond his playing days.

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Happy

Speaking exclusively to the Mirror, Seluk said: "Yaya loves Manchester City and, despite what is sometimes said, he is happy at the club.

“In fact, he would like to stay for life. He would love nothing better than to finish his playing career with City and then work for the club after that."

At 31, Toure will likely still be playing when his current City deal expires in two years time, leading Seluk to encourage the club to offer him a new contract.

“That’s why I want City to give Yaya a new contract, to show him that they want him to be part of the future," he said.

“It is not about money. It is about keeping Yaya at the club until his playing days are over and showing the club’s best player that he is respected and loved."

Director

Of course, there will come a day when Toure hangs up his boots, but Seluk believes his client will still have a role to play beyond that.

He said: "When he stops playing, then Yaya could have an executive role, perhaps as sporting director.

“Think about it. He has played in Belgium, Ukraine, Greece, France, Spain and England.

“He has won championships with Olympiakos, Barcelona and Manchester City. He has won the Champions League and the African Cup of Nations.

“He knows world football. The only market that City want to buy players from at the moment is Spain.”

Identity

In Txiki Begiristain, City already have a sporting director, but Seluk was critical of the work undertaken by him and fellow Spaniard, chief executive, Ferran Soriano.

"City can become a great club in the future if they forget about this crazy plan about becoming the next Barcelona," he said.

"They [Begiristain and Soriano] came from Barca and now they are obsessed with turning City into the club they left.

"That is not only impossible, it is foolish. There can only ever be one Barcelona.

“City should be looking to establish their own identity, not dream about becoming Barca Mark II. And, in my opinion, I think someone with Yaya’s experience can do that.”

Irreplaceable

Toure has been linked with a move to Inter Milan in recent weeks in a move that would see him join up with former boss Roberto Mancini, but Seluk said: "I am sure that Mancini would love Yaya at Inter, but every manager in the world would want to work with him.

“Mourinho would love him at Chelsea and Ancelotti would love him at Real Madrid.

“But I don’t think Yaya will be leaving City. He is their most important player – as their results when he as at the African Cup of Nations proved.

Seluk would go on to compare his client to the top two players in the world, saying: "Even if Pellegrini wanted to sell Yaya, the Sheikh and Khaldoon (Al Mubarak, City’s chairman) would not allow it.

“Barcelona have Messi and Madrid have Ronaldo. Manchester City have Yaya Toure.”

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