Ivory Coast's Toure to stay at Man City, denies Barcelona link

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 11 Jul 2012

Yaya Toure follows in footsteps of coach Roberto Mancini after announcing his decision to remain with Manchester City

Yaya Toure
Manchester City's Yaya Toure (Photo: Reuters)

Ivory Coast's midfielder Yaya Toure has pledged his future to Premier League champions Manchester City, denying rumours that he is on his way back to Spain's Barcelona.

Toure's announcement that he plans a long-term stay with Man City comes a few hours after his coach Roberto Mancini signed a five-year contract extension with the club on Monday.

"I was very happy to hear the news that our manager has signed a new five-year deal," Toure, who was reportedly seeking a summer departure, told the club's official website.

"It is important for this club to have stability at all levels, especially after we have just won the title and the FA Cup the season before.

"It means there will be no changes or disruption to what has proved a winning formula and, for the long term, that can only be good for Manchester City.

"Now the manager can continue to build this club and plan for the future - let's not forget Sir Alex Ferguson has been at Manchester United for 25 years and they haven't done too badly over the years.

The 29-year-old Ivorian international, who joined the Citizines in 2010 from Barcelona, praised the decision of Mancini to stay put after he guided the club to their first English league title since 1968.

"On a personal level, I'm very happy because I want to win many more trophies with City and the manager has the same mentality as I do - he wants to win everything with this club and so do I," the former Monaco player said.

"Of course, it's not only me - we have a whole squad who are hungry for more success and we are pulling in the same direction," he concluded.

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