Toure's current contract with Manchester City expires in 2015, but the Ivorian midfielder recently told L'Equipe (via Sky Sports reporter Patrick Haond) that he's perfectly happy finishing his career with City rather than in somewhere like China, stating, "Going to China to end my career? No! I have big desire to end my career at City out of respect for what the fans have done for me."
He also notes that the future can be uncertain, but this seems to put any transfer speculation to rest. This doesn't just impact teams in China. Chelsea also had hopes of signing the holding midfielder.
After going on about the history of Manchester City and what he has helped create with the club, Toure mentions:
I am quite sure the day will come that I will be an old man and they will still go on talking about me here. Is that why I refused to talk with Real or Chelsea last summer? Yes, because City's history is to be made now. And I thank God for that.
If you're a Blues fan seeking reinforcements in the defensive midfield, this might disappoint you. But it shouldn't. Toure is a fine player. He has two goals and an assist for Manchester City this year, but Chelsea is more than all right without him.
Chelsea is 7-2-1 this year, and they've allowed just 10 goals. Manchester City has one fewer point overall, although they've also allowed one fewer goal. That could point to a difference in defense, something in which Toure does have a hand, but it's not like Chelsea has no talent in the holding area. Mikel has done a solid job in support, as has Oriol Romeu.
Toure would have cost a pretty penny to reel in. He's a key cog on one of Europe's best squads. Him staying with Manchester City certainly benefits Roberto Mancini's side, but it doesn't damage Chelsea in the least.
With Mikel's ability in the middle, they're strong at all three levels. A dangerous attack, solid defense and stalwart midfield, along with Petr Cech in net, will have this team contending until the very end.