Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed any notion that Yaya Toure could leave the club soon.
The Ivory Coast star’s agent, Dmitri Seluk, claimed his client needed a new challenge to find his motivation once more, though this was said after Toure was reportedly looking for a new, improved contract at Etihad Stadium.
Then reports emerged claiming the Citizens’ Premier League rivals Chelsea would be ready to offer the 29-year-old an incredible contract worth £300,000 per week if he moved to Stamford Bridge.
However, Mancini met the reports of Toure needing new motivation with derision and laughed off the suggestions his most destructive midfielder does not have focus.
“I am happy that Yaya wants a new challenge because I also want a new challenge,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN.
“I want to win the next game, the next game in the Champions League, everything.”
The Italian insisted Toure would not be leaving Manchester City and claimed there was motivation enough at the Etihad Stadium to fulfil the former Barcelona man, insisting that his side have not yet established themselves as a dynasty in English football.
“Every day we have a new challenge here, because in two-and-a-half years, we won the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Charity Shield,” he added.
“Now we need to win another cup and another Premier League. We need to work more for this challenge. I think that Yaya thinks that, like me and like the other players.”
Manchester City’s defence of their title continues on Saturday when they face a trip to in-form West Brom and Mancini will need all his players fully-focused to overcome Steve Clarke’s revitalised Baggies.
“This is another big challenge for Yaya,” joked the City boss.