Kolo Toure wants Manchester City stay

Manchester City defender Kolo ToureKolo Toure has urged Manchester City to offer him a new contract, by insisting that he wants to stay at the club.

The Ivorian defender joined the Sky Blues from Premier League rivals Arsenal as one of the first stars to arrive under the reign of Sheikh Mansour three-and-a-half years ago.

After captaining the club in his first season, Toure has struggled for game time of late, with Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic appearing to be Roberto Mancini’s first choice centre-back pairing.

Despite this, the 31-year-old hinted that he wants to stay, and extend his contract which expires at the end of the season:

“I like it in England. I have been here for all my career and it’s great to play in England.” He told SkySports.

“I really enjoy it, that is why I brought my brother (Yaya) here!

“There are challenges coming and there are changes in life, and I will deal with that if it happened. I wish to stay, but you never know.”

Toure received a six-month ban for doping last season, and believes that he owes City for their decision to stick by him:

“The club has been here for me. Even through my tough time, everyone was behind me – the people and the staff at the club, everybody, the chairman, everybody.

“To have this support is great and that is why it would be much more difficult to leave.”