‘Toure doesn’t care about money and will never go to China’, says agent as he demands new Man City deal
Midfielder gives club ultimatum, but days look numbered
Yaya Toure “does not think about money” and “will never go to China”, said his agent as he claimed the Manchester City midfielder had turned down a massive offer from Jiangsu Suning in the winter.
Dimitry Seluk told The Sun newspaper that his client was demanding a new three-year deal from City by next week or he will leave in the summer.
But China’s not an option, according to Seluk.
The news that Toure – who gets paid £220,000 (HK$2.4 million) a week – is not interested in money may come as news to City’s board and fans.
And as incoming manager Pep Guardiola has already dumped the Ivorian once while Barcelona manager, it looks like his days in Manchester are numbered.
“We rejected a huge offer from a Chinese club, the same that bought Ramires, for much more money than Ramires,” Seluk told The Sun.
“We don’t want to go there. And we will never go to China. Yaya does not think about money. Yaya thinks about football.
“He wants to finish at the highest level. The offer from China was more than double what he earns at City. If he liked money more than football he would immediately go to China.
“But Yaya prefers to stay at City. He likes the fans and the town. His heart is in Manchester where his brother Ibrahim died of cancer in a Manchester hospital.”
Reports in February claimed Jiangsu had offered Toure £30m (HK$331m) a year to play for them.
The outspoken Seluk has repeatedly hit the media to moan on behalf of his client, 32, most famously claiming in 2014 that Toure was set to quit the club because they didn’t wish him happy birthday.
“In the next week we must find a solution about whether Yaya will prolong his contract with City or he will go to another club,” Seluk said.
“But if he leaves City it will surely not be for another English club.
“Supporters love Yaya and he loves them.
“He does not want to play against City with another English club. How can he go to another English team and forget the love City fans have showed him?
“They hired a plane with a banner to say ‘Happy Birthday, Yaya.’ He will never forget that.
“Some people say he came only for money. But when he came City were only sixth or seventh and had never made it into the Champions League.
“With Yaya the team started winning. Yaya won every trophy in England but not the Champions League. I hope the draw on Friday is good and they can go to the semi-finals.”