By Harvey Byrne
Yaya Toure has not given up on his career at Manchester City despite interest from other sides, according to a report.
Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports on Tuesday that his 33-year-old client had received interest from Arsenal as well as Premier League rivals Manchester United, and would be free to talk to overseas clubs in January. He has left than a year left on his current contract.
However, the Daily Mail has followed these claims on Wednesday by reporting that the Ivory Coast international is aiming to spend the rest of the year proving himself to manager Pep Guardiola.
The experienced midfielder was dropped from the former Barcelona manager’s 21-man Champions League squad and with a year left on his current deal, it had left Toure’s future in Manchester in doubt.
However, the Mail states that Toure has vowed to do everything in his powers to convince Guardiola, who sold him to City from Barcelona in 2010, that he can make an impact in the first team.
Toure’s only pitch time under Guardiola for City has so far come against Steaua Bucharest at the Champions League qualification stage, where the midfielder started and played the full 90 minutes.
Prior to this season, Toure has featured in 269 encounters for Manchester City since his £24million move six years a go.
He has played a key role in City’s new cash-rich era, winning the Premier League twice, alongside the FA Cup and League Cup.
In other Arsenal transfer news, former Espanyol defender Michael Ciani wants to try his luck in the Premier League with a move to the Gunners.