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Kolo Toure talks up summer exit

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has said in no uncertain terms that he wants to leave Etihad at the end of the season.

His contract is due to expire in the summer and the Ivorian is adamant he won’t be signing a new deal with the Premier League champions.

“My agent is working on that but at the moment I’m playing at City and doing everything I can do to help City win trophies – that’s important,” Toure was quoted as saying in Manchester Evening News.

While he is open to leaving England, the veteran defender prefers to continue his career in the Premier League.

“I have always liked the Premier League and I want to stay in the top leagues but time goes and if there is no chance I have to go where they want me.

“Didier Drogba is in Turkey – but it’s difficult to talk about that now – there’s no chance of staying here but the Premier is my first option for sure.”

Kolo Toure caused a lot of controversy when he decided to leave Arsenal for Manchester City in the summer of 2009 and that proved to be a wrong career move for the centre-back.

He has struggled to hold on to a regular starting berth at Eastlands and went on to make just 76 Premier League appearances in almost four seasons at the club.

The 31-year-old has featured in 9 league fixtures this term, although he would have probably played few more if it hadn’t been for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Tue 19 February, 2013
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