It is the football equivalent of forgetting your wedding anniversary and then finding your wife chatting up men online. Manchester City forgot to acknowledge Yaya Toure’s birthday last week, and now the Ivory Coast midfielder is “interested” in the project over at Paris Saint-Germain, batting his eye-lashed towards the French club and stating “if I can be of use”.
It’s frankly quite shameless from Toure. He may have scored 20 league goals this campaign, he may have been a huge part of Manchester City’s title win, but that doesn’t mean he can just treat them like a disgruntled partner, there has to be some respect.
Speaking to France Football he admitted of thinking about a move to PSG.
“When I think about objectives of Paris Saint-Germain, how can you not be interested in a club like that? PSG have become a European power. It'd be an honour to be part of such a club one day... if I can be of use.”
Toure speaks of honour, but that is exactly the opposite of what he is showing here. City may have missed his birthday, but it is a very trivial matter, not many office places around the country see bosses go out of their way to celebrate an employee’s birthday, no matter how good a worker they are.
It could be that the 31-year-old midfielder is clamouring for one last big pay-off before he retires. He is currently earning over £200,000 a week at Manchester City and there are few clubs out there that would be willing to offer more than that at the moment.
PSG are desperate to lift the Champions League trophy, and if they are willing to spend £40 million on David Luiz, perhaps this has given Yaya the green light to bat his eyelashes towards the French giants and see if he can maybe achieve the £300k a week barrier as the Parisians try to break into Europe’s elite.
Yaya Toure played in France for AS Monaco after his spell at Olympiakos, he knows the league and the surroundings, although both PSG and Ligue 1 have changed a lot since then, and it seems the player himself is not quite the modest midfielder that made 27 appearances in Monte Carlo before the big move to Barcelona.