Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toure Close to Signing New Deal to Stay at City

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Toure Close to Signing New Deal to Stay at City

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YAYA Toure is expected to sign a new contract at City, with the Ivorian determined to stay at the Etihad and Pep Guardiola keen to keep hold of him for another year.

Both player and club are understood to want to make the deal happen, which has led to growing confidence an agreement will be reached imminently.

Toure always maintained his desire to extend his stay at City after seven trophy-laden years.

His family are settled in the north west - and even if he does depart this summer, he would still look to stay in the region.

The 34-year-old could become one of the highest paid players in the world if he heads to the Chinese Super League - but his ambition is to stay in England, with City his first choice.

A new contract would mark a dramatic turnaround for the former Barcelona midfielder who was left out of Guardiola's Champions League squad at the start of the season and then frozen out of the first team. …

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