For months Yaya Toure’s agent fed us the same line regarding the Ivorian’s desire to leave Manchester City, but the player has moved to revoke these sentiments ahead of his summer holiday.
In what now appears to have been a nefarious plot to bore all gossip column frequenters off the internet, Toure has refuted Dimitry Seluk’s previous insistences that he would definitely, undoubtedly, 100% be leaving the Etihad during the off-season.
A message to supporters printed in the Manchester Evening News began:
“I will definitely stay. The fans don’t have to be worried.”
Such news is sure to have soured the pusses of the Inter Milan head honchos, who were lead on by Seluk’s media whisperings as though he was the most popular girl in school and they an eager-to-please maths whizz with a reputation for doing other people’s homework.
The Nerazzurri were widely expected to land the African Cup of Nations winner according to countless media reports, but, much to their frustration, they must now look at other ageing attacking-midfielders with an attitude problem and consistency issues.
This is certain to have aggravated Roberto Mancini, but the San Siro side aren’t the only outfit who should be most upset by Toure’s apparent change of heart.
The spot at the summit of the indignation stakes regarding the collapse of this particular transfer debacle is reserved for Man City themselves, with these reasons attesting why him staying is a bad thing.
A Financial Fair Play playing-field levelling opportunity has been extinguished.
UEFA’s scheme to regulate fiscal outlays cost the Citizens a wedge and a reduction in squad size for the Champions League last term.
Their need to strengthen in the summer is massive, but their transfer plans will be hampered by the same system.
Getting rid of a player who earns a reported £250,000-a-week with a decent fee included would’ve provided invaluable leeway ahead of the summer.
Last season’s exploits suggests his ability is on the decline.
A return of ten goals and one assist from 29 appearance is a measly return compared to 20 and nine in the campaign prior.
At 32, logic dictates he isn’t going to improve on the figures from 2013/14.
The system Manuel Pellegrini favours didn’t suit the Ivorian last term.
When the Citizens deployed two strikers, as is their preferred set up, Toure had to play in a central-midfield pair.
The £30m acquisition of Wilfried Bony suggests the Chilean will keep faith with this modus operandi next term, meaning if they are to continue picking the former Barcelona man, he will be entrusted to fulfil the same defensive obligations he struggled with last time around.