Out-of-contract veteran to discuss potential new Etihad deal with Pep Guardiola this week
YAYA TOURE has revealed he is determined to stay at Manchester City.
The out-of-contract midfielder is set to talks with Pep Guardiola this week over whether he will be offered a new deal.
Toure, 34, will have to take a pay cut from his current wages of £230,000-a-week but now admits he would rather remain at the club – even though he could land an even bigger offer in China.
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Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas are also waiting to hear whether they will be handed new terms at the Etihad.
The fact club legend Pablo Zabaleta was given a farewell send-off by City while Toure has been left in the dark over his future is one indicator that Guardiola is preparing a new deal.
Toure, who received a hug from Guardiola following the 5-0 battering of Watford on Sunday, said: “You can always go somewhere else but the fans caring about you is the most important thing.
“For me, it’s not about the money. Hopefully for the fans, I can stay but we’ll see.
“I want to carry on as long as possible and the best thing is if I stop football when I am at City. That would be the best way for me.
“To be honest, to see me in another shirt would be quite difficult but we’ll see. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. It’s the club where I stayed the longest.”
Toure, who has been at City for seven years, claims he has a strong relationship with Guardiola who has had to settle for third place in the Premier League.
This is despite the fact that Toure did not play for three months at the start of the season as Guardiola was furious with comments made by the player’s agent and demanded an apology.
Toure added: “I’ve always been positive even when I was in a difficult situation and people were questioning me and saying I could move in the summer.
“I just believed in myself and I know the fans believe in me. They know I am capable of doing something special. If I have 10 or 20 minutes, I will always do my best. Sometimes, it’s quite difficult when you go out for a couple of games but I to understand all of that.
“I have to fight even with the guys who are younger and I have to show them I am hungry as well, that I want to play.
“At the end of the day, it’s the manager who decides. We’re like friends because we’ve known each other for a long time. He knows my limits and he knows what I’m capable to do. I always want to play.
“But he’s a great guy – we’ve been talking a lot the last six or seven months. He knows what I want and he knows as well what I can do for the team. He’s a quiet guy, of course, but people were expecting more from him.”
Toure also reckons City will be better next season. On their day, offensively, City are the finest team to watch in the League but their defence needs a major overhaul.
The former Ivory Coast international added: “We tried to win something this year but it was difficult. In the end, what we have to do is learn from our mistakes at the beginning of the season and next year I think we’re going to be much better.
“It’s a shame because in the end, I think we’ve understood the tactics of the manager. We’ve taken our time and played well and we controlled the teams. I think we can do more, though.”