Toure set to leave Man City

Kolo Toure has confirmed he will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, but he wants to stay in England.

Last Updated: 25/04/13 at 07:30 Post Comment

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international joined City from Arsenal in 2009 in a £16million deal.

He was a regular during the first couple of years during his stay at the Etihad, but he has since become more of a squad player under Roberto Mancini.

Now he has admitted that he is set to leave City as the club have made no contact over a new deal.

"I have been here for nearly four years, and two fantastic years when I have been playing a lot and I hear my songs with Yaya and I will miss those things, for me my family is here, my kids are at school and they like the area - but in two months nothing has come from the club and I am thinking about my future definitely," Toure told Sky Sports News.

Toure, who has been linked with moves to Italy and France, insists he wants to stay in England.

"My first choice is this country, as I like English football - that is why I began playing football," he said.

"After Ivory Coast I came here, I don't know any other culture and it is important for me to stay here, I have been here for ten-years."

Toure also congratulated Manchester United on winning a 20th league title. He says they deserved to win it and warns City they must start next season stronger.

"They have been more consistent, more concentrated and I think we lost a bit of motivation and determination and that cost us the title," he said.

"I think City need to start from the first game to the end of the season and try and be focused, like we were last season - every game, as the Premier League is so hard, you can beat Chelsea and then lose against Wigan and those games are key."

Toure along with Samir Nasri were at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon with an East Manchester primary school for the Learning Through Football scheme. The highlight of the scheme is to improve literacy and numeracy levels in Manchester and the UK.

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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