Toure rejects move to stay at City

Kolo Toure has rejected the opportunity to move to Turkish club Buraspor to stay with Manchester City.

The African defender has become a back-up to established centre halves Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott and has found first-team opportunities limited when all players are fully fit.

The Turkish Super Lig side were believed to be n the brink of wrapping up a £3 million deal for the Ivory Coast international, but Toure has confessed that he will be staying at the Etihad Stadium.

“I did speak to the people there but I’m just focusing on City. I’m a City player, I still enjoy it here, you can see that,” The Sun quote Toure as saying.

“I love playing at the same club as my brother. But we will see what will happen. I’ve got one year left on my contract and that’s it.

“I am still at City but you never know the future. For me the most important thing is every day I’m at City I’ll give 100 per cent.

“I won the title with Arsenal in 2004 and it is harder to defend it the following season.

“Every game will be like a cup final because every team will give 100 per cent to beat City because we are the champions.

“We know that though. It’s been a good pre-season — now we need to confirm we are a good team — but there will be no easy way to do it. It is all about working hard, focusing and doing our job,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight