Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has thrown his future into further doubt after revealing that he would leave the club if a new challenge arose.
The Ivorian's future has been the subject of intense media speculation recently, after former City manager Roberto Mancini spoke of his desire to bring Toure to his current team Inter Milan. City are currently enduring a poor run, having lost five of their last eight games. With City bosses set to splash the cash this summer to reinvigorate a failing team, Toure could be one of the players sold.
And in an interview with Foot Mercato, the 31-year-old revealed that he is opening to leaving City for "new challenges."
"Since I started playing football, I had a dream as a little boy. Today, I am living the dream of thousands of little boys. I represent my continent, Africa, and that has no price," Toure said.
"No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me.
Pellegrini has faith
Toure has come under increasing criticism as the key figure behind City's demise, but Manuel Pellegrini moved to ensure fans that he has not lost faith with the former Barcelona man.
“He is a very important player for our team and we need him to give his best performance and the best way to recover Yaya is to trust in him," Pellegrini said.
Meanwhile, Toure also emphasised that he will go to a club that offers him "a new challenge".
"It would be unjust on my part. There comes a moment where numbers don’t stop us, it goes beyond that, even if the English press seem more interested in the numbers than the sport itself," he said.
"For the future, I don’t know more than you do, because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature."
Manchester City host FA Cup finalists Aston Villa on Saturday, and Pellegrini will hope that Toure can lead his team to victory and solidify their push for a Champions League place.