Yaya Toure looking to become Manchester City’s Paolo Maldini

Yaya Touré interview

The midfielder has pledged his future to the club and is looking to become a legend at the Etihad.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has pledged his long-term future to the club via the Manchester Evening News.

The midfielder has been the subject of intense speculation after a poor campaign in 2014/15, with many suggesting that it is time for him to move on.

The most likely destination looked to be a reunion with former manager Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan, as reported by the Daily Mail, but he decided to stay in England after end-of-season talks with City officials.

However, rather than it being the City chiefs that made him stay, he says it was the fans who convinced him the most.

"It is very, very important as a person and as a football player as well when you see people are following you,” Toure told the Manchester Evening News.

"The fans are doing brilliant for this club. When people show you loyalty, nothing is going by. That’s why I want to stay at City. I want to stay long."

A return to form is necessary

With his future now definitely at the Etihad, Toure has his sights set on becoming a club legend and emulating the likes of Paolo Maldini and Francesco Totti at AC Milan and Roma respectively.

He has some way to go before he can claim to be held in the same esteem at City as the aforementioned Italian duo, but says enjoying that sort of status at a club is the dream for all players.

"That’s the dream for all the players,” he added.

"Because it was the case of Maldini, it was the case of (Franco Baresi), of (Alessandro) del Piero - so many important players. (Francesco) Totti as well. They are staying long at the club."

Now that Toure has confirmed he will be staying with Manuel Pellgrini’s side in the future, he can focus on improving his performances after a disappointing campaign last time out.

The midfielder was inconsistent throughout and only managed 13 goals, a far cry from the goal scoring prowess he displayed during the title-winning season a year previous, and if he is determined to attain legendary status at the club, he will have to rediscover that kind of form again in the future to warrant it.

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