Toure confirms City departure

by Michelle Fortune , 20 February 2013

Kolo Toure has revealed he will be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season.

Toure's deal with the Premier League champions expires in the summer, and despite negotiations between his representatives and Manchester City officials, no new contract is in the offing, meaning he will be in a position to move on a free transfer.

“My agent is working on that but at the moment I’m playing at City and doing everything I can do to help City win trophies – that’s important," Toure is quoted as saying in the Manchester Evening News.

The 31-year-old has spent four years at City following his £16million move from Arsenal in 2009 but in recent seasons he has fallen behind Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott in the pecking order.

Despite offers from two Turkish clubs last summer, Toure elected to remain in the Premier League and is hopeful of joining another top English side, but has not ruled out the possibility of moving to the continent.

“I have always liked the Premier League and I want to stay in the top leagues but time goes and if there is no chance I have to go where they want me," he added.

“Didier Drogba is in Turkey – but it’s difficult to talk about that now – there’s no chance of staying here but the Premier is my first option for sure.”

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