It’s official – Yaya Touré will end his eight-year stay at Manchester City when his contract expires in June.
Pep confirms Yaya Touré will leave the club at the end of the season and the Brighton game will be focused on him with a farewell planned. pic.twitter.com/7r480hFnrL
— City Watch (@City_Watch) May 4, 2018
We all knew it was coming, but Pep Guardiola’s confirmation of Touré’s exit today has led to much discussion and tributes being paid to one of the Premier League’s great midfielders.
Yaya is set for an official send-off against Brighton, City’s final home game of the season, next week. In the meantime, Blues have been paying tribute to the Ivorian on Twitter.
Here are some of the reactions to news of Yaya Touré’s upcoming departure from the Etihad Stadium:
From 2011-2014 Ya Ya was the best midfielder in the Premier League. He promised to change the culture of the club into winners when he arrived; he more than delivered on that. A club legend with the medals & goals in the bank. Thank you @YayaToure – you were an absolute gem #mcfc
— Lee Bromfield (@LeeBrom) May 4, 2018
We all saw it coming! @YayaToure good bye Yaya! Legend of our club! Always be thankful for the things you did for us! Sorry to see you go! Hopefully get the reception you deserve on our last game! Enjoy lifting the trophy for your last season with us on Sunday! We love you man!
— CHAMPIONS 2018 ???? (@FxckKate9320) May 4, 2018
— . (@PepFanatik) May 4, 2018
Yaya Toure is City's greatest ever MF.
Any other opinion is wrong.
— My name is Asjad ,not Malik (@asjadmalik_10) May 4, 2018
The King @YayaToure
Thank you for everything pic.twitter.com/KUNQQ3lQ5X
— Louis (@Louismcfc) May 4, 2018
Should of been the player of the year that season, he had such a stellar year, enjoyed seeing all those unstoppable marauding runs, free kicks and intelligent passes in 13/14. A club legend for sure. Thank you Yaya.
— Brad Walsh (@BradWalshMCFC) May 4, 2018
— Jay Smith (@jay_smith08) May 4, 2018
— Dean (@dean_bullock) May 4, 2018
— Bill (@Billyblu3003) May 4, 2018
Best Central Midfielder to ever play in the league. The King @YayaToure.
— Feeding Goater (@FeedingGoater) May 4, 2018
One of his Ivory Coast teammates also paid tribute to the big man…
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We are friends until to endless. ???? Good luck at your new career. pic.twitter.com/OTNLQH2cvH
— Didier Zokora (@dzokora5) May 4, 2018