Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has confirmed that he will be staying at the club until at least the end of his contract despite a trophyless campaign this season, per the Manchester Evening News.
The 32-year-old was expected to leave the club but will stay at the Etihad to the end of his current contract, after talks with chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak. Toure has been promised that Manuel Pellegrini will make world-class signings this summer.
The powerful Ivorian said: “I will definitely stay. The fans don’t have to be worried.
“My target this year is to try to do everything possible to make this team improve well and I am sure with my experience, maybe I hope, with the players coming in a couple of weeks, a couple of months, definitely it is going to be a strong City next year.”
Toure believes that it was important to overhaul rivals Manchester United in the last few years, but his major aim as a City player is to win the Champions League.
He continued: “It is one of my big targets because City have been in the shadow of United for so long. Sometimes their fans are coming back, saying we are the top because we have already won the Champions League.
“What I want for the fans is the Champions League. I will do everything that’s possible.”
After months of appearing to be guaranteed to be leaving the club, the last couple of weeks have seen a complete turnaround. Toure is determined to improve next season and has even hinted that he could stay beyond his current two-year deal.
“I am looking at next season and I will start working again,” he said. “Because last season there has been a lot of football for me. There were difficult moments as well emotionally and physically. Now is a good time to rest and next season you are going to see the top one.”
“Football is like that. You get a contract, but after maybe you can continue doing something. For me the target is to continue helping the club to the end.
“I think it is the first club where I have been where the fans have been singing my name for a long time. We have friends, people around you, fans always sing your name. Those things, money can’t buy.”