Manchester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been revelling in their side’s sensational run of form in recent times, which continued on Saturday as the Citizens overcame a spirited West Brom side 3-2 at the Hawthorns to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash with the Baggies having won each of their previous seven league matches, and they looked on course for number eight very early on when Leroy Sane gave them a tenth minute lead. And although Jay Rodriguez equalised for Tony Pulis’ side, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling bagged to open up a two-goal lead for the visitors, although they were given a late scare when Matt Phillips netted following poor work from centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.
Nonetheless, Guardiola’s men held on to send our resident City supporters into raptures, and they are also likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Gazzetta dello Sport, which outlines some interesting comments from midfielder Yaya Toure regarding his future at the club.
The 34-year-old made the move to the Etihad Stadium back in 2010 and has since played an integral part in helping the club win two Premier League titles, having scored 79 goals and laid on 48 assists in 303 matches for the North West outfit.
And although he penned a new one-year deal to remain at City over the summer, the former Ivory Coast international has been restricted to just 29 minutes of Premier League action this term, and as such speculation has been building regarding his future at the English club.
A move to Italy was speculated upon for a while a few years back, and the man himself has refused to rule out moving to Serie A in the future.
He said: ‘In the past there have been several contacts with Italian football, but then I have followed different and important ways like those in Barcelona City of Manchester City.’
And when asked about a potential move to Italy in the future, he said: ‘Never say never in life.’
And these comments are sure to intrigue our resident City fans, especially given how vital Toure has been to the club in his seven years at the Etihad Stadium, but ultimately it does appear, given how good Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, and David Silva have been this season, that his time with the Citizens is coming to an end.
Landlord’s verdict: There’s no denying how influential and integral Yaya Toure has been to Manchester City’s success in the last few years, with the Ivorian playing as big a part as any in helping them land two Premier League titles.
However, his playing time under Pep Guardiola has dramatically reduced this season, with the 34-year-old earning just 29 minutes of Premier League football so far, and as such there has been renewed talk about his future at the Etihad Stadium.
And with his City career coming to a conclusion, that move could take place sooner rather than later.
Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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