Manchester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their side’s return to Premier League action this evening against West Brom, off the back of booking their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with victory over Cardiff City on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash with the Bluebirds having reached the Carabao Cup final just a few days earlier, and they motored through to the last 16 of the FA Cup with a 2-0 success in South Wales, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling sealing the victory. And that win sets them up perfectly for the visit of Alan Pardew’s West Brom this evening, who go into the game high in confidence after knocking Liverpool out of the cup at Anfield on Saturday.
Thus, there are many happy and expectant Citizens fans in the Tavern, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Mirror’s Live Blog (16:44), which suggests that Yaya Toure has reached a decision over his future at the North West outfit.
The 34-year-old has struggled for regular football under Guardiola this term after signing a new one-year deal with the Citizens over the summer, with just 11 first team appearances to show for his season so far.
As such, speculation was building about whether he would see out the last six months of his contract, with clubs in China reportedly interested in the midfielder, yet recent reports suggest that Toure will indeed remain at City beyond this evening’s deadline.
And given the amount of title-winning experience the 34-year-old brings to the City squad, this is news likely to be well received by our resident Citizens supporters.
Landlord’s verdict: Yaya Toure may only have made 11 appearances for Manchester City this season, but at 34 years of age and having achieved a lot in the game, the midfielder may still have a huge part to play in the second half of the season.
Speculation was building that he may leave the Etihad Stadium six months prior to the end of his contract, with clubs in the Chinese Super League reportedly keen, yet recent reports have seemingly ended such speculation as they suggest that the Ivorian will see out his deal at City.
And with two Premier League titles under his belt during his time in the North West, his experience and know-how may play a vital part in helping Pep Guardiola’s side in their quest for major honours in the second half of the season.
Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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