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Yaya Toure inks new Man City deal; Cheikhou Kouyate eyes summer move

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a four-year contract extension at the club.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a four-year contract extension at the club, ESPN FC understands.

Last month, The Sun reported that the Côte d’Ivoire international was contemplating leaving the Etihad Stadium in the summer.

However, after considering his options, Toure decided to commit his long-term future to Manchester City.

Contract talks between Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk and the club had been ongoing for quite some time but finally bore fruit, with Toure set to earn a reported £220,000-a-week.

“This is where I want to be,” Toure told the club’s official website. “When I first arrived at City every time I went to sleep I would dream about us winning something; now it is about us being the best team in whatever competition we take part in.

“I will never forget how I have been treated here by the fans, the club and the owners and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to finish my career as a Manchester City player.

“I want to continue winning titles and trophies and continue to make history. I have enjoyed all of my time here and can’t wait for the next chapter. This is an incredible club to be part of with fans that support a team to the end whatever the circumstances.”

Toure, who joined Manchester City from FC Barcelona for around £24 million in July 2010, has been one of City’s most important players over the past two seasons.

Since arriving in Manchester, the Ivorian has won three trophies with City: the FA Community Shield (2012), the FA Cup (2010-11) and the Premier League (2011-12).

Recent reports suggested that English Premier League rivals Chelsea were lining up a summer bid for the highly-rated 29-year-old, but this news surely rubbishes those rumours.

Cheikhou Kouyate eyes summer move

R.S.C. Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate has revealed he intends to leave the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium at the end of the season, Sky Sports reports.

Kouyate, 23, joined Anderlecht on a four-year deal via free transfer from FC Brussels in 2008.

The 23-year-old Senegal international has been linked with a number of top European clubs in recent weeks, with Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund reportedly monitoring his current situation at Anderlecht.

Russian Premier League moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg are also believed to be interested in Kouyate.

“I like Arsenal because they play good football. There have been enquiries before, but nothing happened,” said the Senegalese centre-back.

“I do not want to say where I am going, but this will be my last season with Anderlecht.

“Until I leave, I will continue to give 100 per cent.”

Thu 4 April, 2013
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