Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini refuses to give up on Manchester City's Yaya Toure

Yaya Touré interview

The Inter manager is maintaining an interest in the Manchester City midfielder despite reports suggesting he won't be leaving the Etihad.

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is refusing to give up on a move for Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, according to comments in La Stampa.

The Nerazurri have been linked with a move to reunite the Ivorian with his former manager at the Serie A side for several months now, with the 32-year-old coming in for heavy criticism on the back of some poor displays last season.

Toure has, however, all-but confirmed that he will be staying at the Etihad, according to The Guardian, with there a desire on his part to see out the remaining two years of his contract. Mancini, though, won’t be deterred and is still hopeful of a move for his former star.

“I haven't given up on this, I'm waiting to hear his own side of the story and in the meantime I remain hopeful,” he said.

"Or else why would he have spent six months telling me that he wanted to come to Milan?"

Toure’s future at the former Premier League champions has been in dispute for quite some time following the now infamous birthday cake incident of the season before last.

However, as with most transfers these days, it is often his agent that has been making comments and sparking rumours of a move.

Whether City would be willing to sell one of their star players, who remains in that bracket despite a disappointing campaign last year, is another matter entirely. Mancini, though, insists it was Toure who was looking to leave.

"He was the one who told me he wanted to look for new destinations,” he added.

"I spent six months explaining to him what he would find at Inter, then he spoke with his club and he fell off of our radar."

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