Yaya Toure has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will leave Manchester City at the end of the season as he is open to “new challenges” in his career.
Toure is set for crunch talks over his future at City who are willing to listen to offers as part of a drastic overhaul of the aging first-team squad and the 32-year-old has not ruled out an exit.
“No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me,” he said.
“It would be unjust on my part. There comes a moment where numbers don’t stop us, it goes beyond that, even if the English press seem more interested in the numbers than the sport itself.
“For the future, I don’t know more than you do, because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature.”
After guiding City to a second Premier League title last season with 20 goals from midfield, the Ivorian’s displays have drastically decreased in quality since, prompting Manuel Pellegrini to single him out last week.
Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, retaliated by claiming City should allow the midfielder to leave if they are not happy with him, with former City boss Roberto Mancini public about his desire to bring him to Inter.