Ever since it was announced that Pep Guardiola would be taking over the hot-seat at Manchester City at the end of the season, Yaya Toure’s future appeared in doubt.
Toure played under Guardiola at Barcelona but left the Spanish club after the Spanish boss preferred Sergio Busquets in midfield.
The Ivorian joined Manchester City in 2010 from the Catalan club and has enjoyed a successful six seasons at the club.
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But after months of speculation that this will be his last campaign at the Etihad, it now seems certain that will be the case.
That’s because Toure’s agent, Dimitry Seluk claims that the midfielder will “definitely” leave Manchester.
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"He'll definitely leave Manchester City, I can calmly confirm that,” he told FC Inter News, per The Mirror.
Where next for Toure?
He also revealed that the 32-year-old has received plenty offers but admitted that Toure is yet to make a decision about his next club.
"Various offers have arrived for Yaya and we're evaluating them, but no decision has been taken yet for next season," Seluk said.
It’s reported that Inter Milan are willing to make Toure their best-paid player. However, the San Siro club are only able to offer him a £60,000-per-week deal, meaning the four-time African Footballer of the Year would have to take a huge pay cut.
His agent refused to rule out a move to Inter, claiming that Toure is interested in the project of the cub, rather than the money.
"Will the economic aspect make the difference?" he said. "Absolutely not. We don't put money before everything, but the project the club presents us. The best will convince us.
"Inter? We're definitely talking about a great club and everyone knows about the relationship between Yaya and Mancini, but like I've already said, we haven't made any decision yet.
"But I'll add that the Nerazzurri's project is great and Inter is a fantastic club. So it's normal that they want a player of this level," he added.
Toure on Guardiola
Last year, long before Guardiola was announced as City’s new manager, Toure spoke of his strained relationship with the Spanish manager.
“Whenever I asked him something, he always gave strange answers. He pretty much ignored me until City's offer came in,” he told ONA FM, per The Mirror.
“That's why I eventually opted to leave. I didn't speak to Guardiola for a year. If he had talked to me, I would have stayed at Barcelona.
“I did not want to go and wanted to end my career at Barcelona. However, he had no faith in me,” Toure concluded.
Toure has been instrumental in recent years for City, helping them win two Premier League titles. He’s scored 72 goals in 260 appearances and will be considered a club hero even if he does leave in the summer.
He’ll be hoping to finish his City career on a high by helping them achieve a top four finish and leading them to their first Champions League triumph.