Defender to quit the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has confirmed that he will be leaving the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season when his contract expires.
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Toure’s current deal expires this summer and, despite negotiations between his representatives and Manchester City officials, he will not be offered new terms to extend his four-year stay with the current Premier League champions.
The 31-year-old is hopeful of securing a free transfer move to another Premier League club, having played his entire career in England with Arsenal and Manchester City, but has not ruled out moving to a European club.
“My agent is working on that (his future) but at the moment I’m playing at City and doing everything I can do to help City win trophies – that’s important,” Toure told the Manchester Evening News.
“I have always liked the Premier League and I want to stay in the top leagues but time goes and if there is no chance I have to go where they want me. Didier Drogba is in Turkey – but it’s difficult to talk about that now – there’s no chance of staying here but the Premier is my first option for sure.”
Toure made his name at Arsenal before making a £16million move to Manchester City in 2009. He was a first-team regular in his first two seasons at the Etihad Stadium and even made captain, but has been more of a bit-part player most recently having fallen behind Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott.
Ivory Coast international Toure, whose younger brother Yaya also plays for City, was sidelined for six months in 2011 after failing a drugs test. He has previously spent his entire career at Arsenal having made his debut back in 2002.