It was a turbulent summer for Yaya Toure. At one stage, his agent confirmed the Ivorian was '90 per cent certain' his future would lay elsewhere, but the key factor to keep him at the club has now been revealed.
Many sources indicated the colossal midfielder was set to join former boss Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan - a likely move - following their previous relationship at the Etihad.
As many City fans started praying one of their best players would decide against packing his bags, the Ivory Coast captain chose to remain a Citizen for the immediate future.
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The reason for this? His very close relationship with current City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
In a new book titled: Pellegrini's methods, Toure described the Chilean as a father-figure and praised his approach.
"I've stayed because of Manuel, he has always talked to me, giving me some advice, he's been aware of my life off the pitch"
Toure's brother Ibrahim tragically died last year, sparking sympathy from Blues across the land but there were concerns it would not be enough to stop the midfielder moving on.
"Before this season, all the players had a talk and we promised the boss we would recover our level. We have to do it for him, for us and for the fans - most importantly win things this year," Toure continued.
The Sky Blues will need one of their greatest ever to lead a convincing title charge. All this being said, City supporters can breathe easier knowing they can enjoy watching such a class act for at least one more season.