Toure is staying at Man City, says agent

Earlier in May, Dimitri Seluk claimed the midfielder was “90 per cent certain” to leave the Premier League this summer but now says he is “too important to let go”

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City this summer, according to the midfielder’s agent.

The midfielder is one of the players expected to be sold in City’s major squad overhaul this summer and former Blues boss Roberto Mancini has said he would like to reunite with him at Inter this summer.

And earlier this month, Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, claimed the Ivorian, who has made 29 Premier League appearances for City this term, was “90 per cent certain” to leave at the end of the season.

But on Monday, Seluk told Sky Sports News that City have informed him that Toure is “too important to let go”.

Toure still has two years remaining on his current deal with City, which is worth around €300,000 a week.

Toure and Milner were not saying goodbye, insists Pellegrini

The Manchester City manager claimed that the two midfielders are yet to decide their future and praised the latter for his fantastic performances throughout the season

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini does not believe Yaya Toure and James Milner were bidding the club’s fans farewell against Southampton on Sunday.

Both midfielders started the 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season and were substituted in the second half, with their departures greeted with rapturous applause from the crowd.

Toure has been linked with a move away from the Premier League for several months and former City coach Roberto Mancini is interested in bringing him to Inter, while Milner’s contract expires at the end of June, but their manager insists that there was only one City player saying goodbye this weekend.

Talking to reporters, Pellegrini revealed: “I think the only player who was saying goodbye was [Frank] Lampard. Yaya was returning in the last game after an injury of 15 days, he was very tired and couldn’t finish the last game too – I didn’t want to give him a muscle injury.

“Milner had a kick on his knee which is why he couldn’t finish the game. We’ll see – not only for those two – in the future who will stay here or not, but that [to let them say goodbye] was not the reason why I changed them.

“James said he will make a decision at the end of the season. It depends on what he wants to do with his future.

“He is an important player, he gave us a lot in the whole year, but in the same way he has to decide what is best for him.”

Pellegrini also does not seem to be sweating over his future, despite failing to retain the Premier League title and presiding over a generally underwhelming campaign, as he spoke of a positive relationship with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

“I am always talking with Khaldoon so I don’t need a special meeting with him,” he added. “But of course at the end of the season you must meet and analyse what we did, where we made mistakes, where I think we must improve.

“We have very good communication, so we don’t have any problems in that sense.”

Inter optimistic on Yaya Toure, says Zanetti

The Argentine legend has revealed that he is increasingly confident that his side can sign both the Ivorian and PSG’s Thiago Motta

Inter sporting director Javier Zanetti has revealed that negotiations to bring Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure to San Siro are entering a decisive phase.

Toure is widely expected to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, with his agent admitting that his client is 90 per cent certain to move on.

Inter boss Roberto Mancini has made no secret of his desire to be reunited with the 32-year-old, whom he signed during his time in charge of City between 2009 and 2013, and Zanetti is increasingly optimistic that the Nerazzurri can not only land Toure, but also persuade Paris Saint-Germain ace Thiago Motta to return to the Giuseppe Meazza.

“We have arrived at the stage where we hope that we can close the deal,” the Argentine told Tuttosport. “With him and Thiago Motta, Inter would be a complete team.

“Thiago Motta can give us so much. He knows the environment, has a great personality and is one of the best midfielders with whom I played.

“He’s very clever. Depending on the moment, he can speed up and slow down the game. And, when his team is in trouble, he takes the ball and does the best thing possible with it.

“People with these qualities make you take the leap.”

Though he feels that Inter would be a much stronger outfit with Toure and Motta on board, Zanetti feels that his side would still be some way behind Serie A champions Juventus, who have just clinched their fourth successive Scudetto.

“Would we get close to Juventus? With the two of them, Inter would certainly be contenders again, but Juventus have been working for three or four years, as their results show.

Yaya Toure heading towards exit door at Manchester City but will leave a Premier League legend

COMMENT: The Ivorian could be on his way out in the summer and his performance against Swansea provided a snapshot of just how impressive he has been in England

By Greg Lea

It has been an underwhelming campaign for Manchester City, whose title defence turned into the meekest of surrenders as Jose Mourinho’s relentless Chelsea machine effectively wrapped up the league many months ago.

James Milner, Joe Hart and David Silva provided moments of quality at the Liberty Stadium but, not for the first time, it was Yaya Toure who was City’s match-winner. The midfielder got the first and fifth goals of the game, coming up trumps when his side needed him most.

On a weekend which has seen the impending departure of one of the all-time great Premier League central midfielders met with tributes from far and wide, the probable exit of another has largely gone under the radar. Steven Gerrard’s contributions to his boyhood club Liverpool over a 17-year career outweigh those of Toure’s to City for sheer longevity, but the 32-year-old has made just as much of an impact on his side’s fortunes over the past few years.

Toure proved as much at the Liberty Stadium, running the show against a side who have impressed all onlookers this season. The Ivorian has been criticised at times this campaign – particularly in the aftermath to City’s two-legged aggregate defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League – but he has remained one of his club’s most important players.

Toure has scored 51 goals in 162 Premier League appearances, a remarkable return for a player who also contributes so much else. He has recorded 25 assists in that time and created 208 goalscoring chances. His passing accuracy stands at 89 percent, while only three of his showings have come from the substitute’s bench, showing how integral he has been to both Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini.

City’s No.42 is primarily praised for his pace and power but, while those attributes are in no doubt, he is also a supremely gifted technical footballer. His all-round play as well as his goals demonstrated that in Wales on Sunday, some superb touches and neat passes evidence of an incredibly talented player who has far more to his armoury than brute force.

At first glance, it is perhaps surprising – given how central he has been to City’s greatest moments over the last few seasons – that Toure is almost certain to depart this summer. His agent, the voluble Dimitri Seluk to whom Toure owes much of the blame for the sometimes negative perception of him on English shores, recently claimed the chances of him leaving the northwest were as high as 90 per cent.

Former City and current Inter boss Mancini has not made any secret of his desire to bring the midfielder to San Siro, and the drastic need for an overhaul of the playing staff in the blue half of Manchester City means high-earners like Toure are vulnerable to being moved on so vital funds can be freed up in the club’s wage budget.

Goal understands that Toure, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri head the list of those likely to leave and, for someone on £220,000 (€302,000) per week who will turn 33 next season, it makes sense that Toure is among those shipped out.

If he is to seek pastures new, it is to be hoped that the pivotal role he has played in leading City’s evolution is duly recognised. There have been few players better than the midfielder in his five seasons in England. Even now, he remains one of City’s key players and a chief go-to men when they are in need of being dug out of trouble.

There were shaky moments for City in south Wales but teams of their ilk have so much quality that a game can be changed in an instant, patterns of play destroyed with a single piece of magic from a top-class opponent. Toure has hit better strikes than the one that required a deflection off Ashley Williams to open the scoring, but it was a sign that players like him have the ability to turn a match on its head with no prior warning. Even at 32, he’s still a game changer.

His second was more emphatic, Jack Cork brushed off with ease before a stinging shot was fired past Lukasz Fabianski at his near post. It was the goal that won the game for City, even if Joe Hart deserves huge credit for a world-class save from Federico Fernandez late on.

Whatever happens this summer, Toure has undeniably played a starring role in Manchester City’s coming of age and the club entering English football’s elite. He was essential in City’s two title wins, and probably would have won the Player of the Year award just last year had it not been for Luis Suarez’s otherworldly excellence.

Gerrard was rightly lauded with praise following his final Liverpool appearance at Anfield on Saturday. His commitment and loyalty to one club has been admirable, and he will go down as one of the Premier League’s best midfielders.

But Yaya Toure is another who deserves his place in the pantheon of the greatest players in his position over the last 25 years. There will be no guards of honour or farewell speeches when the Ivorian takes to the Etihad Stadium field for what looks set to be the final time against Southampton next Sunday, but City fans will presumably will be keen to express their appreciation.

Their club is in a much stronger position than it was when Toure joined five years ago and his role in their transformation should never be forgotten.

Mancini fuels Toure speculation: Inter want an experienced midfielder

The Italian says that the Ivorian is a “great player” and has confirmed that he is looking for his own Andrea Pirlo

Inter boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed that he is looking for an experienced midfielder in the Andrea Pirlo mould and hinted that Manchester City star Yaya Toure could fit the bill.

The Ivorian’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, said that his client was “90 per cent certain” to leave the Etihad Stadium last week and the Bianconeri are known admirers, with owner Erick Thohir says that he will do everything he can to bring the former Barcelona man to San Siro.

Mancini has confirmed that he wants an older head to step into his side’s midfield and said that Toure is a “great player”.

“Pirlo is one of the greatest midfielders of the past 15 years,” he told reporters.

“Not everyone thought he had made the right choice when he left Milan, but Juventus did very well.

“If we find a player like that, so be it. Important players of 32 or 33 years of age can still make a difference for Inter. It could be Toure. He’s a great player, but he is a City player, we will see.”

Inter take on Juve on Saturday and Mancini is not expecting the Bianconeri to take their foot of the pedal, having reached the Champions League final in midweek.

“Juventus will be tough because reaching a final creates a great mood about the place,” he added. “Whoever plays will give 100 per cent.

“The team has improved and become exactly that – a team. We still have to work on some weaknesses.

“The rivalry between Juventus and Inter needs to stay on the pitch and I think it can add spice to the game.”