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Yaya Toure | Midfielder | #42

Team: Manchester City
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 198

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It may not be a birthday cake, but Yaya Toure got his wish with a new contract at Manchester City.
The Ivorian international signed a new one-year contract at the club after his future was held in limbo over the last few weeks. But the 34-year-old will stay at the club for his eighth year after making 25 appearances this season despite an early-season spat with Pep Guardiola. Said Toure: "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. 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." Jun 2 - 3:54 AM

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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has told ManCityTV that both he and the player "hope" to remain at the club following his impressive return to the fore.

The big Ivorian was cast aside by Pep Guardiola during the opening months of the 2016/17 season, after Toure returned from the summer break overweight. The 34-year-old was forced to train away from the first-team along with Samir Nasri, but after shedding a reported 8 kilograms, Toure forced his way back into Pep’s plans. In his first start of the campaign [mid-November], he scored both goals in a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park, and never looked back. While many expected Toure to leave at the end of his current contract, his performances during the second half of the season may yet convince Guardiola that he deserves at least another year, a sentiment shared by Al Mubarak: "Pep, as you have seen obviously this year, has a lot of trust and confidence in him. So, Yaya I hope will be with us and continue his journey with us."
Source: Goal.com
May 30 - 3:14 PM

The agent of Manchester City's Yaya Toure, Dimitri Seluk, said the midfielder has yet to receive a new contract offer from the club.

Contrary to reports in the media, Seluk said he has not heard from the club over a new deal in months with Toure's current contract set to expire in just over a month. But Seluk said his client won't just wait around despite his desire to remain at the club: "I read a lot of stories about a new City contract but I know nothing about this. The last time I spoke to anyone at City was in Monaco in March...There are clubs who have already qualified for next season's Champions League, but for Yaya, Manchester City is a very special club. He has given his heart to the club and he would find it difficult to leave City."
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 2:30 PM

Dimitri Seluk, the agent of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has raised more controversy with his recent comments.

Toure is entering the final months of his contract and, after reviving his career at Manchester City over the last few months, Seluk said he is in talks with clubs from Italy and Spain over a free transfer. However, Seluk said if Manchester United came calling he would negotiate despite the two clubs' rivalry: "Why not? Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was together with Yaya in Barcelona...We waited until March 15 for what Manchester City will say but until now Manchester City don't say anything. Before March, we didn't negotiate with anybody because Yaya does a lot with Manchester City, so we waited. But we cannot wait until the last minute, until June and have no negotiations with anybody."
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 27 - 2:51 PM

Manchester City took a while to score but ended up winning comfortably 3-0 over bottom-of-the-table Hull City on Boxing Day.

It was Yaya Toure that got the scoring underway from the penalty spot after Andrew Robertson fouled Raheem Sterling in the penalty box in the 71st minute. From there the outcome was academic with substitute Kelechi Iheanacho scoring a second and Curtis Davies putting in an own goal well into stoppage time for the final scoreline. Given the opposition, this really doesn't count for a great deal for City but they did what they had to do and another Aguero-less match went by without incident or dropped points.
Source: espnfc.com
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 02:24:00 PM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola may have a new weapon on his hands in Yaya Toure following a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.

No one could have seen this storyline coming going into the weekend, and yet Toure had the City away support at Selhurst Park chanting his name by the end of the match. The Ivorian international had yet to play a single minute in any competition, let alone even feature on the bench following a public dispute between Toure's agent and Guardiola. Yet the midfielder received a shock start with Guardiola resting players like Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and John Stones for the Champions League week ahead. So naturally, Toure scored both of the club's goals to secure three points and send the Sky Blues into a tie with Liverpool atop the table. Toure got things going in the 39th minute, connecting with Nolito on a beautiful one-two sequence before scoring the match-winner in the 83rd just as it looked as though City would have to settle for a point.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 12:06:00 PM

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure took a step toward his reintegration into the team after publicly apologizing to the club.

The midfielder has been at the center of a public dispute between his agent Mino Raiola and manager Pep Guardiola, who said the Ivorian won't be selected unless his agent apologized for his critical comments of the manager. Toure has not played this season under Guardiola, but issued the following statement in the hopes of getting back into the squad: "I wish to apologise - on behalf of myself and those who represent me - to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past. Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there. I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish the best for the football club."
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 07:18:00 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he will not select Yaya Toure in the team until his agent apologises to the club.

Toure's agent, Dimitri Seluk, hit out at Guardiola after the midfielder was omitted from the club's Champions League roster for the group stage. Toure, who announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday, has yet to make the 18 this season despite injuries in midfield. Said Guardiola: "[Seluk] must apologise to his team-mates, to the club. If he doesn’t, he won’t play," said the 45-year-old. "It was difficult to leave him out of the Champions League squad but [the] day after, his [agent] went to the media. He has not had the courage to call me. From that moment he was out."
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 06:51:00 AM

That Yaya Toure didn't start against Sunderland on Saturday isn't a surprise. That he didn't even make the bench is.

There have been rumors left, right and center that Yaya Toure isn't in Pep Guardiola's plans for this season. If you're looking for evidence of that being true, Pep gave you a pretty good clue leaving a very expensive player in Toure who didn't have a big summer tournament on the outside looking in. Transfer rumors have been on the back-burner since some early-summer Yaya-to-Milan/Inter rumors but that doesn't mean that Pep is any more interested in the Ivorian featuring for his City side.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Yaya Toure is reportedly set to stay at Manchester City this summer to fight for a spot under incoming manager Pep Guardiola.

The Ivorian midfielder rejected two offers from the Chinese Super League sides Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning that would have made him the highest-paid footballer in the world with a contract of more than £300,000-a-week on top of a massive signing bonus. But if he rejects advances from Inter Milan and former coach Roberto Mancini, Toure faces a fight on his hands under Guardiola, who sold him from Barcelona. The legendary manager is set to make Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan his first signing with a £17.8 million move lined up.
Sat, May 28, 2016 02:40:00 PM

Yaya Toure's agent has indicated that his client's future should be decided within the next two weeks amidst interest from Inter Milan.

Once THE driving force behind Manchester City title drives, Yaya Toure has looked like a spent force over the past two seasons. He is still capable of moments of magic but his days of dominating at a league as physical and fast as the Premier League are likely over. Whether Pep Guardiola is interested in a reunion with his former Barcelona player remains to be seen but unless he thinks he can get something extra compared to what we've seen over the past two seasons then it seems unlikely.
Source: espnfc.com
Tue, May 17, 2016 02:00:00 PM

Manchester City will receive a major boost this week after Yaya Toure was deemed fit before the club's biggest game of the season.

The Sky Blues take on Real Madrid on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu following a 0-0 draw in the first leg. But now they will have Yaya Toure in midfield against the Spanish giants. It will be interesting to see where Toure fits into the starting lineup after missing the last week with a thigh injury as Fernando and Fernandinho were stellar in front of the back-line. Without David Silva, Toure could take more of an attacking role but two goals from Kelechi Iheanacho over the weekend could see City play with two strikers.
Tue, May 3, 2016 02:05:00 PM

Manchester City won't have Yaya Toure available for the weekend but are hopeful he can return for a critical week ahead.

Toure missed Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid due to a thigh injury picked up last weekend against Stoke City. But despite being ruled out for Sunday's match against Southampton, the Ivorian international is set to return to training today in the hope that he can be available to face Real Madrid in the second leg on Wednesday after a scoreless draw in the first fixture. Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini also confirmed that Samir Nasri is in the team to face Saints on Sunday after recovering from a muscle injury.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Manchester City will have to go on without Yaya Toure for Tuesday's Champions League semifinal match against Real Madrid due to injury.

The Ivorian suffered a thigh muscle injury in the final moments of the club's 4-0 win against Stoke City and limped off in stoppage time. However, Manuel Pellegrini said Toure could not recover in time to face Real in the first leg, but is comfortable with Fernandinho and Fernando in midfield: "Yaya is going to be out, I think. He hasn’t recovered from the muscle injury. Tomorrow the two players not on the squad list are Nasri, who is not registered, and Yaya who is injured. Whenever the Brazilian boys have played together they’ve played some big games - against PSG and against Roma when we knocked them out."
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 02:35:00 PM

Manuel Pellegrini will check on Yaya Toure and Fernando ahead of Tuesdays’ Champions League tie against Real Madrid.

A knee injury forced Fernando off after 72 minutes although Pellegrini hinted that his withdrawal was more of a precaution - the Brazilian is expected to be OK. However, Toure is more of a concern with such a quick turnaround: "Yaya finished with a muscle injury so we will see tomorrow with the doctor," said the Chilean who also explained the reason behind David Silva’s withdrawal and the absence of his skipper: "David was just coming back from an injury so he played 60 minutes. It was a risk for Vincent to play two games in 72 hours. I think he will be okay for Tuesday – he worked this morning and he is not having any problems."
Source: beIN Sports
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 12:36:00 PM