Man City’s ace midfielder Yaya Toure is set to leave the club at the end of this season.
The news was broken by Pep Guardiola during a press conference before Sunday’s fixture against Huddersfield Town, as he revealed:
“Yaya Toure is not going to stay next season. The Brighton game [the last home match of the season], we will focus on winning and Yaya. We are going to try and win the game for him.”
The 34-year-old had a fruitful spell with the Mancunian club, having joined in 2010 from Barcelona. His contributions since have been immensely significant, as he aided the club to clinch all of their 3 Premier League titles, 2 League Cups, and an FA Cup as well. His eight seasons saw 229 appearances being made.
Guardiola was frank about the player’s importance to the side: “Yaya came here at the start of the journey. Where we are now is because of what he has done. We cannot forget the period from Roberto Mancini, and especially Manuel Pellegrini, Yaya was the key player.”
He added: “We have amazing facilities but we cannot forget the club became higher and higher because of the players. Yaya came here at the start of that. Where we are in this moment is thanks to what this guy has done.”
Now being largely sidelined, with a total of 16 appearances to his name this campaign, there was a time when the Ivory Coast international was often the key reason behind City’s victories, especially before the days when star power engineered their goal-laden fixtures.
Needless to say, the match will be a fond symbol to denote the player’s significance. At the moment, there is no comment on part of the player over what the future holds for him.