Yaya Toure: I'll go where there are new challenges

The Premier League champions are willing to listen to offers for the 32-year-old as part of an overhaul of their ageing squad


Yaya Toure has dropped a hint that he will leave Manchester City at the end of the season as he is open to “new challenges” in his career.

Toure is set for with City over his future, but the 32-year-old has not ruled out an exit.

“No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me,” he told Foot Mercato.

“It would be unjust on my part. There comes a moment where numbers don’t stop us, it goes beyond that, even if the English press seem more interested in the numbers than the sport itself.

“For the future, I don’t know more than you do, because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature.”

After guiding City to a second Premier League title last season with 20 goals from midfield, the Ivorian’s displays have drastically decreased in quality since, prompting Manuel Pellegrini to single him out last week.

Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, retaliated by claiming City should allow the midfielder to leave if they are not happy with him, with former City boss Roberto Mancini talking publicly about his desire to bring him to Inter.

“When things are not necessarily going well in a club, the key players take the fall,” Toure added:

“I am not the only one to have been attacked even if there is tendency to be harsher with me… Football is my passion, my job and that gives me two good reasons to do as well as I can.

“I accept criticism if it helps me to improve and I ignore them when their aim is simply to break me.

“When I arrived at City, Pellegrini was not the coach. Just like the players, managers arrive and leave. As I have said before, I owe it to the City fans to fight until the end of my career at this club.

“My decisions will not be affected by changes in management, but more by the challenges that will be offered to me.”

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