Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Yaya Toure will be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season when his current deal expires.
The City boss made the confirmation during his press briefing on Friday. He said that City’s final home game against Brighton on Wednesday would be a celebration of the midfielder’s eights years with the club.
Manchester City signed the Ivory Coast international from Barcelona in 2010 for £24million.
Toure’s arrival at the club has been seen as the major catalyst for the successes the club has recorded in recent times. In his eight years in Manchester, he has won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three League Cups.
And Guardiola has now confirmed that his time is up.
“He will not stay after this season,” said the City boss. “At the Brighton game we are going to make what he deserves, one of the most beautiful farewells he deserves.
“All that game we will be focused on winning the game against Brighton for Yaya because we cannot forget.
“We have amazing facilities, but the club got higher and higher because of the players.
“Yaya came here when they started this idea of the club and what we are now is thanks to this guy and what he has done.
“We cannot forget under Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini, Yaya was the key, key, key player and that’s why we are delighted to do this for Yaya.”