Yaya targets long-term City stay

Date published: Saturday 27th June 2015 9:56

Toure has been the subject of interest from Inter Milan, who are managed by former City boss Roberto Mancini, but after end-of-season talks with City officials he decided to stay at The Etihad.

The 32-year-old still has two years remaining on the contract he signed in April 2013, but despite a tough season last term, the Ivory Coast star was delighted to still have the support of the City fans.

“It is very, very important as a person and as a football player as well when you see people are following you,” said Toure. “It is difficult sometimes to disappoint them,” Toure told the Manchester Evening News.

“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 long.”

Toure, who signed from Barcelona for £24million back in 2010, has even set his sights on ending his career with City and hopes he can emulate AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.

“That’s the dream for all the players. 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 are staying long at the club,” added Toure.

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