Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City next season following an intervention from the club’s owner Sheikh Mansour, according to agent Dimitri Seluk.
The Ivorian appeared set for a departure from the Etihad Stadium after an inconsistent season in which Seluk claimed his client was being blamed for City’s struggles.
The 32-year-old was reportedly set to join former boss Roberto Mancini at Inter, but Seluk revealed City’s billionaire owner has put a stop to any exit plans.
“Yaya is staying – because Sheikh Mansour told him he must stay,” Seluk told The Sunday Mirror.
“Mansour told Yaya that he is still a very important player and that he was the first big player to join City after the takeover.
“He told him that City wouldn’t even discuss a sale.
“This is good. People have tried to say that Yaya only wanted more money, but it was never about money. It was only about respect.”