Yaya Touré is out of contract again next summer at Manchester City and given Pep Guardiola’s sparing use of the club icon, it doesn’t appear likely that he will receive another extension.
The 34-year-old is likely to leave the club in the summer of 2018, but according to an exclusive report in the Daily Star Sunday he could remain at City – sort of.
That is because the Ivorian is seen as a potential successor to Italy great Andrea Pirlo, 38, who is retiring at City Football Group club New York City FC at the end of the season. If he made the move, he would be reunited with former teammate Patrick Vieira, who is the coach of NYCFC.
There has been much talk over the years of ageing City stars perhaps swapping Manchester for New York in the latter days of their career, but so far no such deals have happened (Frank Lampard was already signed up to join NYCFC prior to his Man City spell). However, if this story is to be believed, Touré could enjoy a stint in the MLS for several years before hanging up the boots.
Touré has made cameos in City’s last two Premier League games, appearing off the bench for 17 minutes in the 7-2 drubbing of Stoke and featuring for 12 minutes against Burnley on Saturday. Other than that, he has only appeared in the Carabao Cup third round win over West Brom in September, but may feature in the fourth round clash against Wolves on Tuesday night.