Yaya Toure to be al­lowed to join City ri­val club in Jan­uary win­dow

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - PRE­MIER­SHIP BY CHRIS WHEELER/

Yaya Toure wants to stay in the Pre­mier League if he leaves Manch­ester City in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

The Ivory Coast star ac­cepts he has no fu­ture at the Eti­had fol­low­ing a spec­tac­u­lar fall­out be­tween his agent Dim­itri Seluk and new City boss Pep Guardi­ola.

Toure turned down a lu­cra­tive of­fer from China in the sum­mer as well as a chance to move to In­ter Mi­lan be­cause he does not want to up­root his fam­ily from their Cheshire home, and re­mains keen to con­tinue his ca­reer at a more com­pet­i­tive level in Eng­land.

City want to get Toure’s £220,000 (Sh29.0m)-a-week wages off their books and will be open to of­fers in Jan­uary.

It’s un­der­stood they would be pre­pared to let the 33-year-old mid­fielder join one of their ri­vals.

Toure re­turned to train­ing this week but was not in­cluded in the ex­tended party that trav­elled to South Wales for Wed­nes­day night’s English Foot­ball League Cup tie at Swansea.

Toure has yet to de­cide if he wants to de­part in the win­ter win­dow de­spite Guardi­ola’s dec­la­ra­tion that the Ivo­rian will not play for City again un­less his agent, Dim­itri Seluk, apol­o­gises for re­cent crit­i­cism. It is un­der­stood the club would coun­te­nance the Ivo­rian mov­ing to an­other do­mes­tic team even if they were chal­leng­ing City for the ti­tle. The view at the Eti­had Sta­dium is that at 33, Toure’s best days are be­hind him and so if the mid­fielder were to at­tract in­ter­est he would be un­likely to dam­age City’s chances of suc­cess.

There is an out­side chance he could play for City again and see out his con­tract, which fin­ishes next June.

How­ever, Guardi­ola has made clear Seluk would have to say sorry for ac­cus­ing the Cata­lan of hu­mil­i­at­ing Toure by leav­ing him out of the club’s Cham­pi­ons League squad.

Yaya Toure of Manch­ester City dur­ing the Cham­pi­ons League Play Off 2nd Leg match at the Eti­had Sta­dium Au­gust 24. /BACK­PAGE PIX

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