Inter owner Thohir: We like Toure… but we won't sell Icardi

The club supremo believes Roberto Mancini could get the Ivorian back to playing his best football but is adamant their star striker will stay

Erick Thohir has talked up the prospect of Inter signing unsettled Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

Inter coach Roberto Mancini was in charge of City when they signed Toure, who has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium following a season in which his form has been called into question.

Paris Saint-Germain and Inter have both been mooted as potential destinations for the Cote d’Ivoire captain, with Mancini having repeatedly stressed he would welcome a reunion in Serie A.

And Inter president Thohir told Corriere della Sera: “We like him and we’re sure that Mancini would know how to make the most of his talents.

“He has a contract with City, but in the market you never know what can happen.”

Striker Mauro Icardi has been linked with a move to Chelsea as his contract negotiations at the Giuseppe Meazza continue to stall, but Thohir is adamant they will not sell one of their prized assets.

“We won’t sell Icardi, he’s one of our most important players,” he added.

“Often money can cause problems, but not for him as he has his head firmly on his shoulders. We are working towards an agreement for a contract renewal, it’s important that he stays with us.”

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