Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that the club’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure will leave at the end of the current season.
Toure, 34, joined City from Spanish giants Barcelona in 2010 and has enjoyed a remarkable career, winning two Premier League titles prior to this season and scoring the winner when they beat Stoke City in the 2011 FA Cup final.
But he has rarely featured for the recently crowned Premier League champions this season with Guardiola preferring the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho and David Silva in midfield.
Guardiola confirmed Toure will play his final City game against Brighton next Wednesday.
“Yaya Toure is not going to stay next season. The Brighton game, we will focus on winning and Yaya. We are going to try and win the game for him,” Guardiola said during his pre-match conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield.
“Yaya came here at the start of the journey. Where we are now is because of what he has done. He was a key player for Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini.”
Guardiola’s men who have already dethroned Chelsea will break a number of records with a win against the Terriers.
Last weekend’s 4-1 win against West Ham United was their 30th of the season and saw them equalled the same number racked up by Chelsea in a single last term and a win against Huddersfield will see them set a new record of 31.
They have scored 102, goals just one short of the Premier League best set by Chelsea in the 2009/2010 season, and are poised to shatter that record.
Also currently on 93 points, they are within three points of breaking Chelsea’s points tally of 95 set in the 2004/2005 season.
“What we have to think about is winning another game when that happens we will break huge records. But the target is to play good. We are here for 10 months fighting every week to do this,” he stated.
“When you are champions you have more courage. The title belongs to us.
“Next season we start on zero but the signs are good. We want to improve, next season. We start again. But it’s a good thing for us.”