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Yaya Touré could face Manchester City next season as he eyes Premier League stay

Just like in this campaign with Pablo Zabaleta, Manchester City fans could face the surreal experience of club legend Yaya Touré playing against them for another team next season.

Pep Guardiola announced earlier today that the Ivorian, who turns 35 a week from this Sunday, will leave the club upon the expiration of his contract in June, bringing to an end eight successful years in Manchester.

Plans are in place for Yaya to have a special send-off at City’s final home game of the season on Wednesday when the Blues host Brighton, and Touré is expected to be named captain for that match.

And according to Paul Hirst of The Times, Yaya has made his preference for next season clear and that is to stay in England with another Premier League club.

That news is likely to have half of the Premier League on alert, as even at 35 the iconic midfielder will have plenty to offer most clubs, despite his legs not being what they once were. Offers can be expected to arrive en masse at the doorstep of Touré’s agent, Dimitri Seluk.

Touré has faced Manchester City before, lining up for Barcelona during the 2009 Joan Gamper Trophy game, which saw City beat Barcelona 1-0 before 94,123 fans at Camp Nou. One year later, Touré would move to City in a £24million deal – and the rest, as they say, is history.

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