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Yaya Touré ready to take a pay-cut and sign new Manchester City contract – reports

After yesterday’s confirmed arrival of Bernardo Silva from Monaco, there could be more good news on the way in the next few days.

According to both Jonathan Smith of ESPN FC and Sam Lee of Goal, club legend Yaya Touré is very close to putting pen to paper on a new one-year contract extension.

Touré’s future has been in question for the last few summers but never more so than this year, with his contract expiring and Pep Guardiola ringing the changes at the Etihad Stadium. Of the six senior stars out of contract, only Yaya is not confirmed to be leaving the club, after Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero and Jesus Navas were all confirmed to be on their way out.

Since returning from an exile during the season, Touré showed some of his best form in a long time and it could be argued that even at the age of 33, he remains City’s best player in his role. Now 34, the big Ivorian still seems to have life in his legs for at least one more season in sky blue.

And there is optimism from both sides that an agreement on a new deal is close, with Goal reporting that he has instructed his advisors to reach an agreement and will accept a basic salary that is considerably lower than before.

A deal could be finalised in the coming days and if nothing goes wrong, Yaya Touré will continue at Manchester City for an eighth season.

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