Kolo Toure poised for Manchester City exit

Manchester City defender Kolo ToureKolo Toure is resigned to leaving Manchester City at the end of the season, while Gareth Barry is also waiting for news on his future.

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast central defender, Toure, who joined City from Arsenal in summer 2009 for a £16million transfer fee, has gradually slipped down boss Roberto Mancini’s pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, making just eight Premier League starts so far this term.

Toure’s place in the side has been taken by Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic, with England international Joleon Lescott also battling for a central defensive berth.

As a result he has not been offered a new deal to stay so Toure is resigned to leaving although he would like to stay in the Premier League if the chance arises.

He told Sky Sports: “For me my family is here, my kids are at school and they like the area – but in two months nothing has come from the club and I am thinking about my future definitely.”

He added: “My first choice is this country, as I like English football – that is why I began playing football, after Ivory Coast I came here, I don’t know any other culture and it is important for me to stay here, I have been here for 10 years.”

Meanwhile, 32-year-old England midfielder, Barry, is also waiting to see if he will be kept on at City by Mancini as his current contract is entering its final year.

Barry, who joined from Aston Villa in a £12million deal in 2009, is reportedly hoping to be handed a new deal which will enable him to see out his career at the club. But, as yet, nothing has been forthcoming from City officials.

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