This is where I want to be! Yaya Toure signs new Man City deal
Yaya Toure expresses his delight at signing a new four-year deal with Manchester City to keep him at the club until 2017
Yaya Toure has expressed his delight at signing a new four-year contract with Manchester City to keep him at the club until 2017.
The 29-year-old’s future had been a source of speculation in recent weeks after his agent claimed that the midfielder was growing frustrated at City’s apparent failure to offer him a new deal.
But the Ivory Coast international ended any talk of a move away from the Premier League champions by committing his future to the club on Thursday.
“This is where I want to be,” Toure told City’s 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.”
Manchester City are 15 points behind United heading into Monday’s derby clash at Old Trafford.
And Toure has urged his team-mates to finish the season on a high by lifting the FA Cup and claiming second place in the Premier League.
He added: “Of course now it looks likely that we will not successfully defend the Premier League title and that is sad for all of us but we can still finish second and win the FA Cup for a second time in three years and that is still an achievement for a club that won nothing for a long time,” he declared.
“We must try to finish on a high note and then start preparing to win more next season.
“Football is always a challenge and always a puzzle to solve and that is why we all love the game.
“You have to use your skill, intelligence and strength to constantly improve and that is what we at City intend to do.”