Yaya Toure is ready to offer his services to all of Manchester City’s main rivals – Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal – when his contract at the Etihad expires at the end of the month.
This is according to Dimitry Selyuk, the player’s agent, who has made it clear that Toure wants to remain in England so that he can prove to City manager, Pep Guardiola, that he remains good enough to play at the highest level of the game.
Toure’s career at City came to an end after 8 seasons during which won six major trophies, but he started just one Premier League game in City’s latest title-winning career.
Although the club named one of their training pitches after him, Toure appears to have personal issues with Guardiola, anot only with his lack of playing time, but also because he “often has problems with Africans.”
In an interview with France Football, Toure said that he wanted to break the myth about Guardiola, saying “I do not know why but I have the impression that he was jealous, he took me for a rival. As if I made him a little shade.
“He was cruel to me. I came to wonder if it was not because of my colour. I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, some have also asked the question. When we realise he often has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.”
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.