Man City latest: Toure staying at City 'as long as possible', Benatia move looks unlikely

Yaya Touré interview

The key Manchester City stories doing the rounds this Wednesday evening.

Manchester City fans will be delighted with the news that Yaya Toure has banished any chances of leaving the Premier League champions.

The Ivorian, who was arguably the club's standout performer last season as they sealed the Premier League title, has suffered a rumour filled summer in 2014, punctured by the tragedy of his younger brother passing away.

But, the former Barcelona player has confirmed that he wants to stay at the Etihad for: "As long as possible."

Speaking to the club's website, Toure said: "It was not a case of leaving the club. It was difficult because my situation was quite difficult.

"For me I was always quiet and my decision, if you want to say it like that, is that I will stay at Manchester City for as long as possible.

"I hope a couple of players sign in because we need to try to build a massive club because if we want to be the best we need to win every trophy possible," he added.

"We are looking for the Champions League - that is an important title this year and the Premier League is going to be a battle as well between Chelsea, United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool too."

Toure's agent had earlier claimed the midfielder had felt disrespected by the club's owners.

Elsewhere, a move for Roma central defender Mehdi Benatia remains unlikely with the Italian club's president James Pallotta stating the Moroccan will still be at the club for the new season, despite rumours linking him to City and Chelsea, amongst others.

"Benatia? I don't know if there was a communication problem," responded Pallotta when queried on his player.

"I want to make it clear that he has never been for sale, we have never received offers nor are we entering into negotiations.

"Mehdi is our player and he will be for this season, he is very important for us on and off the field."

And finally, it seems there are unlikely to be many outgoings at all from Manuel Pellegrini's squad, with Alexander Kolarov and Stevan Jovetic having snubbed a return to the Serie A to remain in Manchester, while Edin Dzeko is discussing a new contract at Eastlands.

“I have the manager’s confidence and I feel stronger," Montenegro international Jovetic told Sky Sports. "I hope now the City fans will see the real Jovetic.”

Dzeko in turn said: "I can only say that I am happy at City and at the moment we are talking about a new contract and we will see what happens, but the main thing is that I am happy at City."

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