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Manchester City manager has confirmed that midfielder Yaya Toure will leave the club at the end of the season. The 34-year-old will make his final appearance against Brighton on Wednesday said the former Barcelona manager.
Toure joined city from Barcelona for a fee of about £24 million in 2010. The midfielder has scored 82 goals in 315 appearances for the Blues in his eight seasons at Etihad Stadium and has won two league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups with the club.
He was integral in both Premier League triumphs in 2012 and 2014 and has scored many vital goals along the way, including his winner in the FA Cup semi-final against United and the winner against Stoke in the final, bringing an end to City’s 35-year wait for silverware.
But the Ivory Coast International has struggled for game time since Guardiola’s arrival despite signing a new one year contract last summer. He has just made 9 league appearances this season.
“Yaya Toure is not going to stay next season,” Guardiola said ahead of after Sunday’s match against Huddersfield, which is live on Sky Sports.
“The Brighton game we will give him what he deserves, one of the most beautiful farewells a player can receive.
“All the game will we be focused on winning for Yaya, we are going to try to do it for him.”
“Yaya came here at the start of the journey,” said Guardiola. “Where we are now is because of what he has done.”
“We cannot forget the period from Roberto Mancini, and especially Manuel Pellegrini, Yaya was the key player.