Yaya Toure is Manchester City’s midfield star—the man who very often determines whether they win a match or not. If Toure gets grip of a game, there’s very little the opposition can do.
That’s why he was offered a new deal in April that keeps him at City until 2017. It’s thought to be worth £11 million a year.
That's why his recent comments on French radio station RMC, reported by the Mail's Chris Wheeler, which suggests he’s open to the idea of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, will no doubt concern those inside the club. It seems odd that a player so handsomely rewarded and highly valued would choose to make noise about a transfer away from a side playing brilliant football.
Why not? Everything's going well with City at the moment, but you never know.
When you have big teams like that who already have big players, it's obviously attractive. Being part of an adventure like that, a squad like that, is exceptional.
My objective is always to work with big players. It helps you to get better and to learn many things. You never stop learning in football.
For me, PSG are a big club. They're a big team, full of history, with all the great players they have at the moment.
I watched PSG-Nantes where they won 5-0. PSG are an exceptional force—they scare me.
I have a lot of respect for them, too. They have the financial power that allows them to buy big players, and they have proved in the league that they're above the rest.
To say the comments were a surprise and strangely timed would be an understatement. Toure is a key component of this excellent City side. The 30-year-old has scored 14 of the club's incredible 106 goals already this season, as they ride high in the league, face the prospect of a last 16 Champions League tie with Barcelona and head to Wembley for a League Cup final.
Everything under Manuel Pellegrini is going well. City are playing the best football they've played in the modern era, and they look set to win silverware in the coming years if they can keep their best players and add some extra quality to their defence.
Toure is a big part of their plans, with his unparalleled ability to burst forward from deep and kick-start attacks marking him out as a unique midfielder in world football. He's the envy of other club's fans, and rightly so.
Despite envious glances from outside of City, he’s a player who divides opinion amongst his own supporters, with some seeing him as lazy and inconsistent.
But the truth is he would be impossible to replace and a huge loss if he were to leave.
Toure would be foolish not to see his contract out. City are set for some exciting years under Pellegrini, and he will be central to their success. The Premier League suits him, and the freedom he is given in City's system maximises his attacking ability.
Would the grass in Paris really be any greener?
Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @TypicalCity.