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Yaya Toure’s agent has described his current contract situation as being “unacceptable” and has threatened to buy out the final year of his Manchester City deal.
Dimitri Seluk, who has regularly talked-up the midfielder’s likelihood of leaving England in an effort to pressure the club into giving him a new, improved contract, wants City to offer him a new three-year deal or to allow him to move on a free transfer.
The Ivory Coast international has been tipped to leave the summer when new boss Pepe Guardiola arrives, the Spaniard having sold Toure to City when manager at Barcelona.
As he will be in the fourth year of his latest contract, the 32-year-old would be able to break his City deal under article 17 – titled ‘consequences of terminating a contract without just cause’ – of FIFA’s transfer regulations, but would have to pay substantial compensation for the privilege.
“This is unacceptable. A player like Yaya Toure should not be moving towards the last year of his contract wondering if he is going to get a new deal,” Seluk told the Sunday Mirror.
“He is 32. He has three or four years left at the top and City must tell Yaya now what they want to do. The best idea would be to give Yaya a three-year contact that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career. The second is to say ‘thank you’ and allow him to leave for nothing.
“But I will not let Yaya waste a year at City. I will not let City keep him because, in one more year, his chances of joining another big club will be smaller.
“I will go to FIFA. I will write to them and tell them that we will buy Yaya out of his contract. We can do this. It is an option. This is not a threat. I promise you that Yaya will leave City this summer one way or another if they don’t offer him a new contract.”