Yaya Toure’s career at Manchester City began after he was signed by Roberto Mancini in 2010 from Barcelona.
Now, Mancini wants to sign the 31-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder again, as uncertainty continues to swirl regarding Toure’s future at the Etihad Stadium despite signing a new four-year deal in 2013.
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Mancini told Italian newspaper Il Giornal that he plans to make a move for Toure next year and hopes he can build a title-winning team around him.
“He has played in so many teams. He has been in leagues in Belgium, Russia, Spain and England. Italy is the one missing. This could be the right opportunity for him to come and try. We are building a team. There are players that change the look of a team, and Yaya is one of them. Next year we could try. We need to bring three champions, and we will see that we will be ready to fight for the Scudetto.”
So, Mancini is obviously chucking this notion out there to test the waters and to see if Toure fancies a move to Italy to end his career.
Toure is contracted to the Citizens until 2017 but after plenty of negative comments last season and some lackluster displays scattered throughout this campaign, perhaps a change of scenery and linking up with the manager who brought him to England would by good for ‘big Yaya’?
Regardless, Toure turns 32 in May and despite his phenomenal goalscoring exploits during the 2013-14 season as City won the Premier League title, the slower pace of Serie A compared to the PL will suit his game for the next three to four years. Watch this space.