Yaya Toure does not want to leave Manchester City.
Former Manchester City player Rodney Marsh suggested Wednesday that Toure, one of the club's most influential players, would leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the current campaign.
He told talkSPORT's Extra Time:
People close to Manchester City tell me Yaya Toure is not very happy and he’s one of their great players.
When you start to hear rumblings from within the camp, and you see the way Toure played last weekend [at Sunderland, a 1-0 loss], when he was strolling around and didn’t look interested, I’m wondering now if it will all go a little bit the other way.
It looks like they’re throwing billions of pounds at players but keep coming up short. I think this season could end in tears at Man City.
Toure, who has long received some criticism for letting his levels drop in games against lesser opposition, clearly took exception to the claims by immediately taking to Twitter to dispel any notion that he was looking to leave the club.
Hey buddies, don't listen to the rumors, I'm happy at city..the Toure brothers are in Casa and are missing Manchester pic.twitter.com/ObNDjmMij4— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) November 13, 2013
Alerted to the midfielder's response, Marsh stuck to his guns—claiming his information came from the same source who told him that Roberto Mancini was going to be removed as the City manager last summer.
Same source as last year when I told you Mancini would be gone at the end of the season. You went apoplectic then too...— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) November 13, 2013
After Marsh went on to question why Toure would be so quick to deny the rumours if there was no truth to them—a counter-intuitive argument that actually makes some sense in the mad world of football transfers—Toure decided to confront Marsh directly.
@RodneyMarsh10 Out of respect for my fans and my club!! How can I be unhappy when i get so much love and respect from everyone in city?— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) November 13, 2013
Marsh used to be a regular pundit on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, before a misguided, on-air statement led the broadcaster to stop using his services. He has since been spending a lot of time in the United States.
@RodneyMarsh10 i want you to give me a good reason to be unhappy at MCFC! Enjoy Florida and stop distracting us, we have objectives here!!!— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) November 13, 2013
There you go then, City fans, from the player's mouth—Toure is not leaving Manchester City.