City unwilling to offer star player new deal

Yaya Toure, Man City midfielderManchester City are reluctant to offer star player Yaya Toure a new contract, according to Mirror Football.

The midfielder is one of the Premier League’s top earners, receiving £150,000-per-week in basic pay, which could rise to 220k based upon appearance and performance bonuses.

Toure’s current deal expires in 2015, by which time the Ivory Coast international will be 32 and could have his best playing days behind him. The powerful midfielder’s representatives have been seeking a new deal to keep him at the Etihad Stadium amid rumours that the player could leave in the summer.

However, club officials are in no rush to extend Toure’s contract, despite him being somewhat of a talisman for the Citizens. They would prefer to hold off any negotiations until the end of next season when the player will only have a year left on his contract.

City team mates Vincent Kompany and David Silva have both been handed long-term contracts by the club already this season, however neither are in the top bracket of earners at the club which includes the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Toure.

Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has a track record of linking his player with other top European clubs. Two days after the reigning champions won the league last season, Seluk announced: “Toure has done all he can do at City and needs new motivations. He would like a new challenge. He would not cost much.

“He could sign for many big clubs, like Chelsea or Bayern Munich. We would like to see Barcelona join the race.”

Should Toure’s contract issues not be resolved by the Club, the player could move on at the end of the season.

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