Yaya Toure has apparently forgiven Manchester City for committing the heinous crime of not throwing him a birthday party (most likely assuming the Ivorian could sort his own out with the unfathomable amounts of money they pay him per-week) and committed his long-term future to the club.
After his agent Dimitry Seluk hinted that the end of his days as a Citizen were fast approaching owing to the club’s lack of respect towards their talisman, the 31-year-old told their official website:
“…My decision, if you want to say it like that, is that I will stay at Manchester City for as long as possible.”
Toure enjoyed a fantastic campaign last time around, with his titanic midfield performances guiding Manuel Pellegrini’s men to their second Premier League title.
He bagged 24 goals in total, assisting a further 12 and talk of his departure will no doubt have set sparked terror amongst sky blue Mancunians.
This brief moment of dissidence and prompt attitude adjustment, though, suggests that the former Barcelona midfielder is in for an equally productive, if not superior year next time around, or so the fortunes of this triumvirate of decision-reversers suggests.
The Liverpool skipper was on the verge of turning his back on the Reds to go medal-hunting at Chelsea.
He rejected a contract extension in the summer of 2005, outraging Scousers the world over, but following various supporter demonstrations, he decided he’d be best served staying put and signed the very same offer a day later.
A season on he celebrated a Premier League bronze medal, an FA Cup win and picked up the in-house Golden Boot after scoring 23 times.
The tempestuous Argentine refused to come off the Man City bench when asked to do so in a Champions League game in September of 2011/12 then went on strike until February.
Upon his return and declaration of intent to focus solely on Citizen affairs, he fired four goals to help his teammates to a maiden Premier League crown.
Matt Le Tissier
Legendary one-club man Le Tiss almost fled what he dubbed the ‘medium-sized pond’ we’ve come to know as Southampton to join Tottenham in 1990.
Allegedly going so far as to signing a contract with the Lilywhites before a dramatic, last-minute U-turn, the England international scored the fourth highest number goals in a single Saints season in the 90/91 instalment after staying at the Dell.