Club legend Shaun Goater believes Manchester City could get another season out of controversial midfielder Yaya Toure – but only if his agent stops causing problems.
Pep Guardiola famously sold the Ivory Coast international to the Citizens during his time as Barcelona boss and The Daily Mail have tipped the Bayern Munich gaffer to axe Toure once again when he takes over at the Etihad this summer.
That is by no means a stand-alone theory. Toure’s relaxed style of play has divided opinion in the Premier League for some time and now aged 32, the goal-scoring midfielder is notably declining. He’s netted just eight times in 42 appearances this season, compared to his 24-in-49 return from the 2013/14 campaign.
With his contract set to expire in summer 2017, it makes sense for City to part company this summer and outspoken agent Dimitri Seluk has already claimed Toure will ‘definitely’ leave the club at the end of the season.
He said in April; “He will definitely leave Manchester City, I can safely confirm that. Yaya is disappointed, of course. But he is a professional and he remains under contract so he will continue to do his best for City.”
Seluk infamously made similar claims back in 2012, just a matter of weeks after the Citizens lifted their first ever Premier League title, and again in 2014 over the issue of a birthday cake.
But club legend Shaun Goater, who scored 84 goals in 184 appearances for City, believes the Etihad outfit could still get another good year out of Toure – provided his aforementioned agent stops stirring up problems.
Speaking exclusively to 888Sport, Goater said; “As long as his agent keeps talking then yeah [he should stay] but we all read things into Pep letting Yaya go at Barcelona. Maybe we can get another year out of him because he knows the Premier League well. If he is allowed to play and his agent does less talking then that’s how it could play out.”
“He has scored big goals in big games and elevated the club. When he is gone we’ll really appreciate and recognise what he done and for me he will go down as one of the great legends. Along with other brilliant players, he brought the club out of the shadow of Manchester United.”
Read the full 888sport interview with Shaun Goater here including his thoughts on Kelechi Iheanacho’s bright future and why Guardiola will win the Champions League with Manchester City.