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.”

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