Yaya Touré believes the time is right for him to leave Manchester City after winning the Premier League for the third time since his arrival from Barcelona in 2010.
It could be argued that no signing has been as important to the development of today’s Manchester City than the iconic Ivorian, as his arrival paved the way for more big names to join the Blue revolution.
All good things must come to an end and Touré will leave the club when his contract expires next month, but not before a special send-off planned for the Brighton game on Wednesday when the 34-year-old is expected to be named captain.
Speaking after today’s 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town and during the title celebration, Touré reflected on his City spell and why now is the time for him to go.
“It’s the first club where I’ve stayed for a long time.” Touré said. “After eight years of service I think it’s the right time to move on and let the kids continue to take the responsibility.
“I’m really happy, I’m delighted to be part of this football club and they’ll be looking forward to being strong next year, they’ve played fantastic football and I hope there will be more of the same next year.
“I’m delighted [to have won three Premier League titles], to be honest. When you see all the trajectory over the course of the eight years I’ve been here, it’s unbelievable. I’m very happy to be part of this football club.”
City fans could see Yaya on an opposing team next season with his preference being to stay in England, with the likes of Everton and today’s opposition Huddersfield linked with a move for the soon-to-be free agent.
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