Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season.
Manager Pep Guardiola said in his press conference that the 34-year-old will make his final appearance against Brighton on Wednesday.
Ivory Coast international Toure joined City from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. He has made 229 Premier League appearances in his eight seasons at Etihad Stadium, winning two league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups along the way.
Despite signing a new contract last June, he has fallen down the pecking order this season, making just nine appearances.
Toure began his playing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, where he made his debut at age 18. He moved to Europe in 2001 when he moved to Belgian outfit Beveren. He had spells at Metalurgh Donetsk, Olympiacos and Monaco before securing a move to Spanish giants Barcelona in 2007.
He was part of the historic Barcelona side that won six trophies in 2009. However, he could never secure a regular starting spot and moved to Manchester City in 2018. He was a key part of the teams rise to the top, helping them win the FA Cup and league title during his time there.
Here’s how football fans reaction to the news on Twitter…
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 4, 2018
Will he get a leaving cake? 🍰
— S Kakkar (@sachin_kakkar) May 4, 2018
End of an era. Yaya Toure is leaving City at the end of the season
Where do you think he might end up? pic.twitter.com/QsSlYAtCnU
— Bateson87 (@bateson87) May 4, 2018
Yaya Toure's record for Man City in the Premier League:
311 tackles won
302 take-ons completed
281 chances created
The epitome of a box-to-box midfielder pic.twitter.com/mBEMh00WiJ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 4, 2018
Yaya Touré’s greatest Manchester City goal of all time! 💙⚽️ What a hero, what a LEGEND! 😭💙
No words can even describe what you’ve meant to this club over the last 8 years 💙💔 Thank you legend, you have meant everything to us! 😢🙌 pic.twitter.com/5hBdkIu4yr
— The Sheikh of Manchester💰 (@TheSheikhMCFC) May 4, 2018
Man City confirm Yaya Toure will leave the club
Steven Gerrard announced as Rangers manager
Yaya Toure is signing for Rangers 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Tz8aT37npB
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) May 4, 2018
With news emerging today Yaya Toure is set to leave Manchester City at the end of the season, let's revisit Paul Merson's piping hot take from the summer when the Ivorian first arrived… pic.twitter.com/M5zrG4j5hc
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) May 4, 2018
Up there with Fernandinho as the most underrated Prem midfielder
— Razz Prince 💸 (@GregBakerr) May 4, 2018
It was, of course, inevitable that Yaya Toure would leave at the end of this season but it still feels odd hearing it confirmed. He will rightly be remembered as one of our greatest ever players. An incredible talent, and an integral part of the club's most successful period. 💙 pic.twitter.com/c4sOl3aMHv
— Ric Turner (@bluemoon_mcfc) May 4, 2018