Yaya Toure Denies New Manchester City Exit Rumours, Hits Out at Source

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVNovember 13, 2013

Yaya Toure does not want to leave Manchester City.
Yaya Toure does not want to leave Manchester City.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester City midfield talisman Yaya Toure has publicly denied new rumours that he could be set to leave the club at the end of the season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

There you go then, City fans, from the player's mouth—Toure is not leaving Manchester City.