Yaya Toure, Manchester City Agree to 1-Year Contract Extension

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2017

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Yaya Toure agreed a new one-year deal to stay with Manchester City on Thursday. It means the 34-year-old will prolong his seven-year career with the Citizens.

David Clayton of the club's official website confirmed the Ivorian is staying for another season. His report carried quotes from City director of football Txiki Begiristain, who said: "Yaya has been a fantastic servant for Manchester City and continues to be a vital member of Pep Guardiola's squad."

Toure himself expressed his delight at staying and outlined his ambitions for next season and beyond, per Clayton:

"Of course I want to win trophies. That is very important to me. I want to enjoy it at this age still and remaining here is a massive, massive thing. It is a great club, going in the right direction with new players who are coming in. Our mentality is always to win week in, week out, and I'm delighted with the fans as well."

The idea of Toure still being a part of Guardiola's plans shouldn't come as too much of a surprise after Jamie Jackson of the Guardian reported in mid-May that Toure would be given a new contract despite initial differences between player and manager.

During the early part of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign—Guardiola's first as City boss—Toure did not make an appearance for the club after his agent, Dimitri Seluk, had a public spat with the Spanish manager:

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However, the Ivory Coast international made a triumphant comeback to the side, scoring a double against Crystal Palace in November, and he finished the 2016-17 season with 25 league appearances. His future remained the subject of much speculation, though, such as on Calciomercato.com (h/t TalkSport).

Toure has been a huge asset for City since he joined from Barcelona in 2010, helping the club win an FA Cup, two League Cups and two Premier League titles. His new deal is a reminder the dynamic box-to-box midfielder still has value as a match-winner.


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