Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure claims that he will remain at the club during the upcoming season, citing his reasons for staying, that he wishes to win more silverware. The Ivorian has been linked heavily with a move away from Manchester, particularly with Italian club Inter Milan. It was rumored that Yaya had already agreed in principle to a switch to Inter, even at the cost of being on the end of a wage cut. Yaya’s form and fitness have slipped noticeably this past season, especially when held in comparison to his exceptional contribution during the season before. Toure brought goals, pace, strength and intimidation to City’s midfield during their second title run in three years, but those attributes have waned and he has become a figure of criticism, fans of the Manchester club demanding more from their main midfielder.
The criticism and change of opinion has been such that with the news of Yaya’s move to Inter, City fans were pleased with the evolution of the team, thinking that Ivorian’s time had come to move on. The Daily Beast and the team at the Amen Clinic noted the reason for his change of opinion remains unclear, perhaps in the end coming down to a desire to maintain his healthy wage bill in tact. That said, Toure has cited a need to improve his own game for the upcoming season, making clear that the trophy in his, and City’s, cross hairs is the Champions League.