I want to be Manchester City's Maldini, says Yaya Toure

The midfielder was linked with a move to Inter earlier this summer but insists he is happy at the Etihad Stadium and wants to replicate the Italy great’s longevity

Yaya Toure insists he is happy at Manchester City and wants to stay at the club for a long time.

Toure has been strongly linked with a summer move to Inter, where he would be reunited with former City boss Roberto Mancini, after the Italian claimed the midfielder was keen on a move.

But the 32-year-old now seems certain to remain with Manuel Pellegrini’s side and is targeting becoming a legendary figure at the club like Paolo Mandini is at AC Milan.

“That’s the dream for all the players,” Toure told the Manchester Evening News. “I was trying to convince some players to continue at the club and they said ‘why?’

“Because it was the case of Maldini, it was the case of [Franco Baresi], of [Alessandro] Del Piero – so many important players. [Francesco] Totti as well.

“They stayed at the club for a long time.”

Toure held talks about his future with City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak in May, with Inter reportedly keen to bring him to San Siro.

The Ivory Coast international ultimately opted to stay put and admitted the City supporters played a big part in that decision.

“It is very, very important as a person and as a football player as well when you see people are following you,” he said. “It is difficult sometimes to disappoint them.

“The fans are doing brilliant for this club. When people show you loyalty, nothing is going by. That’s why I want to stay at City. I want to stay for a long time.”

Thohir: Kondogbia better for Inter than Toure

The president hailed the new signing as the best option to take the club forward, and expects him to become the leader of the side they are building

Inter president Erick Thohir believes the club made the right choice in signing  Geoffrey Kondogbia  instead of Yaya Toure this summer.

The Nerazzuri had been heavily linked with a move for the Manchester City midfielder, with Roberto Mancini publicly declaring his interest in his former protege Toure as the ideal reinforcement for the midfield.

But the club instead completed a reported €40 million deal with Monaco for Kondogbia, with the in-demand France international putting pen-to-paper on a five-year contract with the club .

And Thohir used the opportunity of the player’s presentation on Monday to claim the 22-year-old was superior to Toure as a future flag bearer for the club.

“Kondogbia is much younger than Toure, and can become a much better player with time,” the Indonesian declared to reporters. “Geoffrey will become the cornerstone of a young and strong project.

“I’d like to welcome Kondogbia to the club. It was wonderful to see the fans giving him such an enthusiastic welcome today, showing how much they love Inter. 

“We want to create a great side, and now it’s up to the players to bring the results.”

The former Lens and Sevilla midfielder is now the most expensive signing of Thohir’s reign as president, with the objective for the club to improve on last term’s eighth-placed finish in Serie A that saw Mancini’s side fail to qualify for Europe.

Mancini: Yaya Toure wants to join Inter, I'm not giving up!

The Italian says he is keen to hear the midfielder’s “side of the story” after he claimed he would stay at Manchester City this summer, despite speculation over a move to Inter

Inter coach Roberto Mancini is refusing to give up hope of signing Yaya Toure despite the midfielder insisting he will stay at Manchester City.

The 32-year-old looked destined to depart the Premier League after his agent claimed he was “90 per cent certain to leave” in May, with Inter subsequently claiming they were ready to close the deal .

However, Toure appears to have had a change of heart by insisting he will “definitely stay” and hinting he could even extend his current deal which expires in 2017, if a new contract were offered.

However, Mancini says he is keen to talk to the midfielder and has still not ruled out bringing him to San Siro.

“I spent six months explaining to him what he would find at Inter, then he spoke with his club and he fell off of our radar,” he told La Stampa.

“But I haven’t given up on this, I’m waiting to hear his own side of the story and in the meantime I remain hopeful.

“Or else why would he have spent six months telling me that he wanted to come to Milan?”

Yaya Toure: I will definitely stay at Manchester City

The Ivorian has been heavily linked with a move to Inter but has now claims he intends to remain at the Etihad Stadium for the foreseeable future

Yaya Toure insists that he will remain at Manchester City beyond the summer transfer window and has hinted that he could extend his stay at the club beyond the expiration of his current contract.

The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Inter in recent months, with coach Roberto Mancini and director Javier Zanetti talking up the prospect of acquiring the Cote d’Ivoire international.

Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, has previously claimed that his client was “90 per cent certain” to leave the Etihad this summer, but he has now insisted supporters have no reason to be concerned about his future.

“I will definitely stay. The fans don’t have to be worried,” he told Manchester Evening News.

“My target this year is to try to do everything possible to make this team improve well and I am sure with my experience, maybe I hope with the players coming in a couple of weeks, a couple of months, definitely it is going to be a strong City next year.”

Toure’s current deal expires in 2017, but he has suggested that he could extend his stay at the club if a new deal is offered to him.

“Football is like that,” he said. “You get a contract, but after maybe you can continue doing something. For me the target is to continue helping the club to the end.

“I think it is the first club where I have been where the fans have been singing my name for a long time. We have friends, people around you, fans always sing your name. Those things money can’t buy.”

Toure also claims that he has one ambition that he is yet to fulfil: winning the Champions League with the recently deposed Premier League champions.

“It is one of my big targets because City have been in the shadow of United for so long,” he said. “Sometimes their fans are coming back, saying we are the top because we have already won the Champions League.

“What I want for the fans is the Champions League. I will do everything that’s possible.”

Yaya Toure staying at Manchester City after Mansour intervention – Seluk

The Ivorian’s outspoken agent had previously insisted his client was “90 per cent likely” to leave the Etihad Stadium but the club’s owner has blocked any exit

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City next season following an intervention from the club’s owner Sheikh Mansour, according to agent Dimitri Seluk.

The Ivorian appeared set to leave the Etihad Stadium after an inconsistent season in which Seluk claimed his client was being unfairly singled out for City’s struggles.

A reunion with former boss Roberto Mancini at Inter looked the likeliest option for Toure and Seluk previously insisted that his client was “90 per cent likely” to leave City, but he has now revealed that Mansour has put a stop to any exit plans.

“Yaya is staying – because Sheikh Mansour told him he must stay,” Seluk told The Sunday Mirror.

“Mansour told Yaya that he is still a very important player and that he was the first big player to join City after the takeover.

“He told him that City wouldn’t even discuss a sale.

“This is good. People have tried to say that Yaya only wanted more money, but it was never about money. It was only about respect.”