Serie A side Inter Milan have been dealt a huge transfer blow after Yaya Toure's agent confirmed his client is staying at Manchester City.
The news comes as a big shock to Inter who were confident of signing the Ivorian, with Javier Zanetti claiming the deal was close to being agreed.
However, in a fresh twist, Toure's agent has confirmed that his client will remain at the Eithad Stadium over the summer.
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Toure Expected to Leave?
Toure has been widely expected to leave City at the end of the season after having an indifferent campaign for The Citizens.
The Ivorian fell out with the City hierarchy last summer after the club forgot to celebrate his birthday and after his agent spoke out about the saga to the media, it was reported that Toure would leave the club after feeling betrayed and under-appreciated.
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However, Toure himself rubbished the reports and discredited his agents' comments before confirming his desire to stay in England.
The 32-year-old has been a pivotal part in City's first-team over the past few years, helping them win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a Capital One Cup, but after the fall-out over the summer and and inconsistent form shown this season, it was expected that this would be his final year in Manchester.
Toure Set to Stay
Earlier this season, Toure's agent claimed that the powerhouse was 90% certain he would leave the Etihad over the summer, but it now appears that his mind has been changed.
Dmitri Seluk, Toure's agent, has recently spoken to Sky Sports News regarding hie clients future, and he has told them that they've been told the midfielder is too important to let go.
This news will come as a massive blow to Roberto Mancini and Inter who were desperate to sign the Ivory Coast international in order to make him the pivotal part of their starting XI.
Blow for Mancini
According to the Daily Star, the Italian side were prepared to pay £10million to sign the 32-year-old and were confident of getting the deal done.
Mancini worked with Toure during their time together at the Etihad Stadium, and a reunion was on the cards, but with the latest comments coming from Seluk, it's now looking unlikely.
According to Toure's agent, he will remain at City for the next two years in order to see out the remainder of his contract before then leaving.
However, the Ivorian will then be 34-years-old and will be nearing the end of his playing career.
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