Thursday, March 22, 2018

Agent: Yaya Toure has ‘different offers’

The agent of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, Dimitri Seluk, has revealed he will hold talks with the club regarding the player's future after the season.

The agent of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, Dimitri Seluk, has revealed he will hold talks with the club regarding the player’s future after the season.

Recent reports have suggested the Côte d’Ivoire international, whose current contract at the Etihad Stadium in set to expire in the summer of 2017, has become increasingly unhappy with life in Manchester.

“We have had different offers for Yaya but we must speak to Manchester City,” Seluk said.

“People think he will stay because of money but we don’t care about money. If Man City don’t want him – no problem.

“I want someone to say that they want Yaya to stay at Manchester City. Yaya is a legend at the club. All the supporters like him, he’s helped them make history.”

City, having lost four of their last seven league fixtures, have fallen behind Arsenal and rivals Manchester United and into fourth-place in English Premier League, and could opt to cash in on Toure to help fund a summer spending spree.

Dybala hints at Juve move

Palermo striker Paulo Dybala has hinted he would prefer a move to Juventus despite reported interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

According to club president Maurizio Zamparini, Dybala, who has tallied 13 goals and 10 assists in 31 Italian Serie A appearances in 2014/15, is free to leave the Stadio Renzo Barbera if Palermo are offered €40 million for his services.

“We will sell Dybala by the end of April,” Zamparini said. “In Italy Juventus and Roma are the teams most interested in the lad and he would certainly help them. But foreign clubs are also in the mix.”

Reports in Italy have suggested Juventus have offered Palermo €32 million for Dybala, but the Argentine star has attempted to talk his way into a move by revealing his desire to play alongside Azzurri legend Andrea Pirlo.

“I love Italy. This is the country that made me famous and I would love to stay in Serie A,” he said.

“There are some big teams out there who don’t play in Champions League and I can’t deny that I’d love to play in Europe’s most prestigious competition.”

Dybala added: “It’s a lot easier for a striker when you have a playmaker like Pirlo behind you. He makes even the most difficult things look easy.

“His genius was plain to see against Monaco in the Champions League. His pass eventually led to the penalty. Obviously Alvaro Morata played a role in it, but the move all started with Pirlo.”


Shawn Etemadi



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