Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is set for an exit from the club after being sidelined by new manager Pep Guardiola. The player however wants to remain in the Premier League should he leave the Emirates Stadium in the winter transfer window in January, 2017.
Yaya Toure has started in only one game under Guardiola. The player is currently out-of-favor at the blue end of Manchester and this has raised transfer rumors of him leaving the club mid-season. The 33-year-old however wants to stay in England as he doesn’t want to uproot his family, as reported by Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail.
“Toure turned down a lucrative offer from China in the summer as well as a chance to move to Inter Milan because he does not want to uproot his family from their Cheshire home” the report said.
Manchester City hierarchy are also willing to let the player go and won’t stop him from joining a Premier League rival. Their key agenda at the moment is to get Toure off the club’s wage bill. The Ivory Coast international earns $285,661-a-week at the Etihad stadium, as reported by ESPN.
Yaya Touré: Has played more accurate passes (11990) than any other Premier League player since August 2010
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 21, 2016
Since the arrival of Guardiola at the club, there has been a different perspective to City’s gameplay. The club no longer focuses on the rampaging box-to-box presence of Toure as it once did and the player doesn’t fit into the Spaniard’s system.
Guardiola’s changes have made an instant impact at the club as City currently tops the Premier League table by winning their opening 5 matches in the league. The team is also playing an attractive style of football and it will be tough for Toure to get back into the first-team.
The Ivorian’s best chances of staying in the game will be to sign for a team which will complement his gameplay. After six amazing seasons at the east side of Manchester, it seems that Toure’s time is finally up at the city.
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