‘I love Man City’ – Toure keen for stay after being given new lease of life under Guardiola
Yaya Toure says Pep Guardiola is the reason he has been able to
regain his best form at Manchester City and that he definitely
wants to stay at the Etihad Stadium after this season.
The midfielder was left out of City’s plans at the start of the
season after falling out with Guardiola and looked destined to
leave the club.
However, Toure has been restored to the first team after
apologising to his coach and now says he wants to remain at the
club after his current deal expires this summer.
“Definitely. I love this football club,” he told Sky
Sports when asked if he would like to stay.
“The day I will be done, I’ll know myself. I know my body and
I’ll say, ‘Yes, I’m done’”.
Toure also admitted that while the early part of the season was
difficult for him, he has Guardiola to thank for managing to
get him back playing again at the top of his form.
“To be honest the manager was the one who tried to get my
best,” he added. “Last year I was overweight, it was a
difficult situation, there were a lot of problems with my
“I was talking with him most of the time and people were not
seeing that on the screen. Those talks will stay between him
and me. He knows what I can do and what I’m capable of doing.
“Like he said, he’s been honest with me. He is the guy that
pushed me up, made me come back and that’s why I’m feeling
respectful with him and that’s why I want to show him he was
“Psychologically he was quite hard. To manage a football player
at this time is so difficult because football players have to
deal with so many things.
“People have different ways of behaving. We are human beings as
sportspeople and we have to understand that. He’s been clever
in a lot of aspects, not just with me.
“He is a special guy in football and I think for me it was
something quite bizarre in the beginning. I knew him from.
“Barcelona and Barcelona was tough in the beginning as well
because the guy is a hard worker and he wants his players at
100 per cent.
“’Just do what I want on the field and we are friends. If you