The Ivory Coast international turned 31 on May 31, which the club seemingly failed to appropriately mark with a cake which the Citizens star’s agent suggested could be enough to warrant him to look for another club.
Reports suggesting Yaya Toure could return to Barcelona this summer have yet to be verified by the club or the player but his agent stated he was ‘not 100 per cent sure’ he would remain at the Etihad.
Liverpool and England legend and former Manchester City striker Robbie Fowler has now described the midfielder’s behaviour as ‘childish’ in an interview with TalkSport.
"What we had [when I played] was good relationships with players. We would have a little get-together or meal with the players, but never once did we get anything off the club and for any player to expect something off the club for a birthday is ridiculous. It is very, very childish,” said Fowler.
Meanwhile, posts have emerged on Twitter mocking the Ivorian’s reaction to his lack of birthday celebration from the club with fans tweeting pictures of birthday cakes to placate him. The City man who scored 20 goals this term to fire the Citizens to lift the Premier League trophy for the second time in three years since he arrived, has also suggested he would like to return to Barcelona.
He threw even more doubt over his future when he responded to questioning over whether he could move to another club saying: "Yes. We never know in football. We never know."
One way or another, it would appear from the player’s comments and his agent’s comments in recent weeks that he is, at the very least, considering his options. His contract with Manchester City runs until 2017 and is worth a reported £220,000 a week. There are only a handful of clubs in the world who could potentially afford that kind of wage packet, never mind the massive fee it would likely take to convince the Premier League champions to sell their best player.
Manchester United No.10 Wayne Rooney is the Premier League’s highest paid player at present after signing a reported £300,000 a week deal with the Red Devils. Could it be possible that Toure, and his agent, are simply hustling for an improved deal for one of the best players in the world to stay on at the Etihad? In the words of the man himself, we never know in football.