Yaya Toure’s father has moved to quash claims that the midfielder is planning to leave Manchester City this summer.
Talk of a surprise transfer away from the Etihad Stadium started a few weeks ago when the Ivorian’s representative, Dmitry Seluk, revealed that his client was angered at the club’s lack of acknowledgement of his 31st birthday.
Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have been the side most heavily linked with the powerful enforcer, but there has also been talk of a switch back to former club Barcelona – two of the only clubs on the planet who could bankroll a swoop for his services.
But despite the speculation, Toure’s father, Mory, says that his son will not be leaving City even though he was upset by the treatment he received:
“No, he won’t leave,” he told Goal. “And it’s not even my wish that he leaves Manchester City. It’s said that the most wished for changes bring their sadness. And I reconfirm that he won’t leave.
“If Yaya wanted Manchester City to pay particular attention to the date of his birthday, it’s because he felt that it was the right moment for the club to show him their consideration for all the sacrifices made for City to be at this level.
“It’s a situation he didn’t appreciate. And as he’s a boy who doesn’t keep his frustrations to himself, he preferred to express himself. But I think it’s a situation which will be resolved.”
Toure is currently at the World Cup where he will represent the Ivory Coast in Group C alongside Colombia, Greece and Japan.