Manchester City’s Ivorian international has opened the door to a possible move away from the Etihad this summer.
Yaya Toure has thrown his Manchester City future into doubt after revealing he is open to ‘new challenges.’
The Ivorian midfielder, who is a target for Inter Milan, also described former manager Roberto Mancini as a ‘mentor’ – and reiterated his admiration for Paris st Germain.
Toure’s position has been in question after an inconsistent season for the Premier League champions.
Mancini wants to be reunited with him at Inter, while PSG have long-been linked with a move for the 31-year-old.
He still has two years to run on his £200,000-a-week contract at City, but insists he is not financially driven.
“No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me,” he said.
“It would be unjust on my part. There comes a moment where numbers don’t stop us, it goes beyond that, even if the English press seem more interested in the numbers than the sport itself.
“For the future, I don’t know more than you do, because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature.”
On his former City manager Mancini, Toure added in the interview with Foot Mercato: “Mancini is a mentor for me, he is a special coach.
“It is no secret that I loved the time when he was boss here, like I love playing for City today. But as I said earlier, I have arrived at the point where I am more interested in the sporting challenge a club has to offer me than anything else.”
Toure’s Ivory Coast team-mate Serge Aurier claims the pair have spoken about a move to PSG.
Aurier says Toure is ‘tempted’ by a move to Paris. And the City midfielder, who last year described the French giants as ‘attractive’, said: “PSG is a great club who, I think, is not finished growing and also a big club where any great player can find a place for themselves and make a contribution.”
While Toure hasn’t expressed a desire to leave City in the summer, his comments hardly represent a commitment of his long-term future.
But he has vowed to fight for as long as he is at the club – hinting that the future of Manuel Pellegrini will have little impact on his plans.
“When I arrived at City, Pellegrini was not the coach,” he said. “Just like the players, managers arrive and leave. As I have said before, I owe it to the City fans to fight just until the end of my career at this club, just as much as I owe it to myself and my continent.
“My decisions will not be affected by changes in management, but more by the challenges that will be offered to me.”