Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yaya's Ready to Fight for His Place at City

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yaya's Ready to Fight for His Place at City

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YAYA Toure will tell Pep Guardiola he wants to fight for his future at City.

The Ivorian international is so determined to be part of Guardiola's Etihad revolution that he is willing to reject the chance to become the highest paid player in the world with a move to China.

Toure has rejected two offers from the Far East to join the Chinese Super League this summer.

It is also understood that he will turn down a move to Inter Milan, despite the opportunity of a reunion with former City manager Roberto Mancini. Inter have a longstanding interest in the 33-year- old, but are still to decide if they will submit a formal offer in the next transfer window.

But sources close to Toure say the Italians would be wasting their time, with the veteran midfielder eager to work under Guardiola again.

He played under the incoming City manager at Barcelona - winning the Champions League in 2009. Guardiola sold him to City the following year for Pounds 24m - but sources add that there is no illfeeling between the two.

Toure has a year to run on his current contract, which he is prepared to run down. Even if he does leave the Etihad, he is keen to remain in the Premier League - opening up the possibility of a reunion with Manuel Pellegrini, if the Chilean finds a job a this country.

Toure and his family are known to be settled in the north west.

His role in trophies has underestimated Abu James And despite reaching the latter stages of his career, has no plans to retire any time soon.

Toure is still highlyregarded by City's hierarchy, who blocked a potential move to Inter last summer.

His role in their five trophies during the Sheikh Mansour era has not been underestimated in Abu Dhabi.

But his future has looked in doubt ever since confirmation of Guardiola's appointment in February. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager intends to overhaul the squad he inherits from Pellegrini, with midfield an area in need of address. …

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