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Toure interview and agent quotes suggest ‘birthday snub’ is no reason to leave City

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Reports this morning suggest Yaya Toure could be on his way out of Manchester City, but didn't we read similar things a year ago?

Just over a week ago, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure gave an interview to France 24, in which he spoke about how much he had enjoyed his most recent season at the Etihad Stadium and how he thrived on the freedom given to him by boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Referring to his more forward role at the Etihad Stadium, the Ivory Coast star said, “Favourite position? Yes, I love it. I really enjoyed it this year.”

Toure was speaking after a campaign in which he scored 20 league goals, 24 in all competitions and provided 12 assists to boot.

In short, it was a spectacular individual campaign, and one that played a huge part in City reclaiming the Premier League crown.

While Toure was unsure if he would end his career with the Blues, the interview he gave suggested he was extremely happy at his current club.

But now, less than a fortnight later, quotes from his agent suggest otherwise.

The Daily Mail is one of a number of media outlets to have picked up on comments from Toure’s representative Dimitri Seluk, which appear to stem from a reported “snub” when it is claimed no one wished him a happy birthday earlier this month.

“There is a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer,” Seluk is quoted as saying. “He is very upset. What happened at his birthday means the club don’t care about him. It was proof.”

But even if this is true, would Toure really get so upset when the team were in the midst of their title celebrations? And would he leave a club at which he is thriving – and winning trophies – as a result?

The funny thing is, Seluk made similar quotes last year, when he suggested Toure could be on his way if the player was not offered a new deal by a certain point.

“This is not about money,” he said then. A sentiment he echoed in his most recent quotes when he said, “We’re not doing this for more money. We probably can go for less money to another club.”

And yet fresh from his best season in a City shirt, and a year into a four-year contract signed shortly after Seluk’s last public declaration of doubt in terms of Toure’s future, could it be that the player and his agent know exactly how important he is to this City side and are looking for another new deal as a result?

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