As reported by The Sun, Yaya Toure has rejected mega-money from China in an attempt to prolong his career at Manchester City.
Yaya Toure is in his 7th season at Manchester City and now he’s back in Pep Guardiola’s plans, he’s intent on remaining a Citizen for the foreseeable future.
The Sun say that Toure has rejected an eye-watering £22m annual salary to remain at the Etihad this January.
That’s just one of a number of offers rejected by the Ivorian star over the last 12 months, with Chinese clubs intent on bringing him to Asia.
The paper reckon he’s hoping to be offered a new contract by Guardiola now that the Spaniard is selecting him more often.
His agent Dimitri Seluk, quoted by The Sun, said: “Yaya wants to play at the highest level. He’s happy at Manchester City and likes football more than money.”
Toure has made just 12 appearances for City this season but he’s been a key fixture in the side since early December and doesn’t look like being dropped anytime soon.
He’s again starting to look like the player that made him a City icon, notching up two goals and an assist in his last 5 matches.
At 33 years old, there question marks about his long-term future but we reckon he’s worth the offer of another 12 month deal when his current deal expires in the summer.
He’s showing commitment by rejecting money from China and an eagerness to show that City is the club he wants to represent.
A Yaya Toure in full flight is a scary prospect for the opposition and if Guardiola can tap into that again, who’s to say the midfielder doesn’t have an bright future in Manchester?