Yaya Toure wants to end his career at Manchester City – and become the club’s Paolo Maldini.
Now that speculations about his future have ended, Toure has revealed his intentions of becoming Manchester City’s Maldini and have the same iconic status that the legend had at AC Milan, reports the Manchester Evening News.
“That’s the dream for all the players,” said the 32-year-old. “I was trying to convince some players to continue at the club and they said “why?””
“Because it was the case of Maldini, it was the case of (Franco) Baresi, of (Alessandro) del Piero – so many important players. (Francesco) Totti as well. They are staying long at the club.”
Toure was convinced to remain at City after talks with chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak at the end of the season. The midfielder reportedly had offers from the Serie A club, Inter Milan.
Later he stated that he didn’t want to walk away from the fans who have been singing his name in the stands, even during a difficult campaign.
“It is very, very important as a person and as a football player as well when you see people are following you,” said Toure. “It is difficult sometimes to disappoint them. The fans are doing brilliant for the club. When people show you loyalty, nothing is going by. That’s why I want to stay at city. I want to stay long.”
Yaya hasn’t been able to replicate his old form at the club where he scored 24 goals in their title-winning 2013-14 campaign, managing only 13 last season.
A midfielder scoring in double figures is great, but Toure at his best can offer a lot more than what he did last season.
Do you think Toure can grasp his old form back?