Yaya Toure leaves Man City as the Premier League's forgotten legend

Yaya Toure leaves Man City as the Premier League's forgotten legend

Pep Guardiola has confirmed long-serving midfielder Yaya Toure will leave Manchester City next month after eight successful seasons with the Premier League champions.

Toure joined City in 2010 for £27 million from FC Barcelona and has since made 315 appearances for the club, scoring 79 goals and assisting in another 50.

He is likely to claim the spotlight by facing Brighton at the Etihad next Wednesday, but his contribution during City's rise to the top merits more than a wave to the fans on his final home appearance.

"We have wonderful facilities but we can not forget the club became higher and higher because of the players".

"He will not stay next season", Guardiola, the City manager, said.

"The Brighton game we will give him what he deserves, one of the most attractive farewells a player can receive", Guardiola said.

They also need just two more goals to take them past the current Premier League best of 103.

"Yaya was the key, key, key, key, key, key player".

Toure arrived at City as their centrepiece but leaves a squad adorned with treasures, many of whom might never have arrived were it not for the hand he played in transforming the club into the powerhouse of today.

Yaya's influence on City has waned in recent years, and Dimitri Seluk, his agent, has threatened to tarnish his legacy with his outlandish antics.

City host Brighton on 9 May before travelling to Southampton for the final game of the season.

Toure, who has made just nine appearances this season, is wary of disrupting his young family with a move overseas and is settled in England, although he will be reluctant to take a major cut in his current £140,000-a-week salary. "Where we are in this moment is thanks to what this guy has done".

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