Man City midfielder Yaya Toure reportedly wants to stay beyond this season, but it’s claimed that he’ll have to accept significantly reduced wages.
The midfield stalwart began the season out of favour at the Etihad, but through his commitment and hard work he has forced himself back into the team to play an important role for Pep Guardiola’s side.
However, with his contract set to expire this summer he faces an uncertain future while according to The Daily Star, Toure wants to stay at City despite claims that he could have a big-money offer from China on the table.
Unfortunately for him, even though Guardiola is considering keeping him on, the 33-year-old will have to accept a £100,000-a-week deal, which is a massive reduction from his current £230,000-a-week contract.
In turn, that could force him to consider an exit and his options elsewhere, as ultimately, regardless of whether or not he wants to stay in Manchester, he will undoubtedly be able to command more money at another club if that is indeed City’s only offer.
The 33-year-old has made 28 appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring six goals and providing three assists.
Nevertheless, with Guardiola expected to spend big this summer on reinforcements with City failing to win any silverware this season and in a desperate scramble to make the top four in the Premier League, it’s unclear at this point as to how many of the current group will remain.
The Spanish tactician will likely continue to reduce the average age of the squad with many stalwarts coming to the end of their contracts this summer, and Toure could very well be one of those looking for a new club unless he is absolutely adamant on staying and is ready to accept those new terms.