Manchester City's Yaya Toure is set to reject a move abroad and stay with the Citizens, according to quotes published by Sky Sports.
The 32-year-old Premier League star stated: "I will definitely stay. The fans don't have to be worried. My target this year is to try to do everything possible to make this team improve well."
Toure at City
Toure has been with City since 2010 following a transfer from Barcelona and has been central to their success in recent seasons. The Ivory Coast international netted the winner in the 2011 FA Cup final, played a vital role in City securing their first Premier League title in 44 years in 2012 and was influential in them winning the division again in 2014.
His powerful midfield drives, elegant passing and crucial goals have elevated him to iconic status with the City fans, who often chant his name with a feverish passion.
Decline on the cards?
However, this season has seen a decline in goals and performance levels from the Ivorian, and, most alarmingly, Toure has at times appeared to have lost his passion for City and for football.
Along with being hamstrung by an inconsistent City team this season, regularly missing injured captain Vincent Kompany, Toure also had to deal with the tragic death of his younger brother Ibrahim in June 2014.
The problems he has faced this season were initially tipped to push him towards a summer transfer away, with Inter Milan and a reunion with Roberto Mancini strongly rumoured. With the latest comments from the player himself however that scenario now seems have been dismissed.
Undoubtedly Toure is one of the finest midfielders in Europe on his day. Now the challenge for him is to regain his form and confidence as City look to mount a serious title challenge next season, following a trophy-less campaign in 2014-15.
At 32 he's sure to know the opportunities to win silverware, particularly in Europe, could very soon run out. Can he take advantage?
Football fans, do you think Toure will finish his time at City with more trophies? Let us know in the comments box below.
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