• Premier League

Yaya agent in City quit threat

ESPN staff
March 20, 2013
Is Toure on his way out of Manchester City?

Yaya Toure's agent has warned Manchester City his client will seek a move away from the club if he is not offered a new deal by the end of this week.

Toure has reportedly been locked in negotiations for the past six months with the club, and his agent says the midfielder wants the issue settled during the international break.

Agent Dimitri Seluk fired a warning about the 29-year-old's situation, claiming Toure will look to move on if common ground with the Premier League champions is not found.

"If he signs a contract in the next three or four days, okay. If not, we will not wait any longer and will start negotiations with different clubs," Seluk is quoted as saying in The Sun.

"Today is Tuesday, so it means by Saturday. We will say 'Thank you. Okay, Yaya will leave in May.'"

Seluk says the situation is so serious that he feels his client will leave the club. He said: "I do not feel he will stay at City. This is not about money. He wants to leave because of many reasons. He is one of the best players at Manchester City but does not feel the respect of the staff. Only Roberto Mancini respects Yaya."

It is claimed Toure currently earns £220,000 a week, but the former Barcelona man is not seeking a pay rise, according to Seluk.

Currently away with the Ivory Coast to play in a World Cup qualifier against Gambia on Saturday, Toure is demanding the "small details" of his new contract be ironed out.

Seluk added: "It's all strange. It's not normal to have negotiations for six months about a contract. They have been talking about small details all this time.

"Maybe if the owner speaks to Yaya, maybe he doesn't know the details."

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