Manchester City media round-up: Club keen to move over new contract for Toure

Yaya Toure

A round up of news stories this morning related to Manchester City.

The Daily Star has reported that Manchester City are keen to tie Yaya Toure down on a new long term contract.

The midfielder is arguably the most influential at the club at present and experienced across a variety of competitions with the side.

The paper reports that his current deal, worth around £200,000, isn’t set to expire until the summer of 2017.

The Daily Mirror has suggested that James Milner’s refusal to sign a new deal at Manchester City is down to his playing position at the club.

The new offer on the table is worth £100,000 per week according to the paper but his failure to sign isn’t related to financial reasons.

He wants to play through the middle of the team and is reportedly pushing to start centrally against Liverpool this weekend.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has suggested in the Independent that Manchester City didn’t do enough to keep a key Barcelona player quiet earlier this week.

City were beaten 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League clash against the Spanish side and Scholes feels Sergio Busquets was given free licence around Barca’s midfield.

City have it all to do in the second game when the European competition returns.

“I could not believe that Manuel Pellegrini went with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko up front - neither of them to drop off when City lost the ball to deal with Sergio Busquets,” wrote Scholes.

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