Yaya Toure has signed a new one-year contract extension with Manchester City, the club has confirmed.
In a statement released on their official website, City said: “Manchester City are delighted to announce Yaya Toure has signed a new one-year deal with the club.”
City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said: “Yaya has been a fantastic servant for Manchester City and continues to be a vital member of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
“He is one of our most experienced and popular players and we couldn’t be happier that he is staying with us as we embark on what we all hope will be a very exciting season. Yaya has been central to the successes we’ve had over the past seven years and he has a vital part play next season.”
Toure has been at the center of constant speculation at the Etihad this season. He was frozen out of Guardiola’s squad for the first half of the campaign due to a war of words between the City boss and the Ivorian’s agent, Dimitri Seluk.
Despite Seluk’s refusal to apologize to Guardiola, Toure took matters into his own hands, and apologized to the Spaniard himself. Since then, the 34-year-old has been restored to the squad, and has gone on to play a crucial role in helping City qualify for the Champions League.
The midfielder has now signed a new one-year deal with the club, and revealed his delight at being able to stay with the Citizens for another season.
He said: “I’m delighted. I told myself the journey at City is not done and when I received a call from Txiki and talked to the manager I was very delighted.
“When I was first coming here [in 2010] I was trying to be part of a new story, of something special at this club. I am very lucky now to be part of a great club with great players around me who are helping me to achieve my targets.
“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.”
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