Toure wants club legend status

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June 27, 2015 12:47:14 UK

Yaya Toure has confirmed he wants to stay at Manchester City and reward the fans for the loyalty they have shown him.

A move to the San Siro to be reunited with Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini appeared likely this summer but the Ivory Coast powerhouse has said he is committed to staying at the Etihad Stadium.

“When people show you loyalty, nothing is going by. That’s why I want to stay at City. I want to stay long.”

Yaya Toure

The 32-year-old said he had been won over by the backing he has received from City fans in five years at the club and is hoping to pay them back.

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

“It is difficult sometimes to disappoint them. 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.”

The two-time Premier League winner spoke recently about exploring “new challenges” but now has his sights set on becoming a club legend.

The former Barcelona and Monaco says he wants to enjoy the same adulation and respect as the likes of AC Milan icon Paolo Maldini, former Juventus star Alessandro del Piero and Roma striker Francesco Totti.

He added: “I was trying to convince some players to continue at the club and they said ‘why?’

“Because it was the case of Maldini, it was the case of [Alessandro] del Piero – so many important players. [Francesco] Totti as well.

“They are staying long at the club.”

Manchester City are currently priced 3.75 to win next season’s Premier League and quoted 15.00 in the Champions League outright betting.

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