Yaya Toure refused to join the exodus of big players going to the Chinese Super League as he turned down a £430,000 weekly offer.
The 33-year-old Ivory Coast international’s currently earns £240,000 per week and his contract will expire this summer. In addition, Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola did not give him any assurance of extending his stay at Etihad.
However, despite the said scenarios, he remains eager to play in the Premier League.
‘Yaya wants to play at the highest level. He’s happy at Manchester City. Yaya likes football more than money,” his agent, Dmitri Seluk, shared.
But it looks like it is not only Toure’s desire that prevents him from leaving the Cityzens. More than anything else, it is his family, which has already settled in Cheshire.
This is not the first time that clubs from the Chinese Super League have approached the renowned midfielder and every time he says no to a particular deal, he receives a bigger offer.
Yet, Toure is consistent. He remains firm in his decision to stay although this meant letting go of a £22M contract, an offer that is double of what he currently gets.
Toure has been sidelined for quite some time after his agent launched a word war against Guardiola.
Seluk criticized the ex-Bayern Munich boss for not giving enough time for his client and the Catalan tactician responded via not fielding the highly rated player, unless an apology is issued.
Toure apologized in behalf of his agent. Yet, it was not until this November that he was able to get first-team football. He was also a part of the club’s starting XI in their most recent encounter, which was pitted against Everton.
Despite his uncertain future, Toure remains instrumental in City’s success. This is most especially true when Ilkay Gundogan suffered a cruciate ligament injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.