Manchester City are running the risk losing midfield talisman Yaya Toure according to the Sun.
The newspaper says that the 29-year-old Ivory Coast star is getting tired of waiting for the club to open talks over a new contract.
Toure earns £220k per week and is the highest paid player at the club. He wanted to negotiate a new contract six months ago but talks have stalled and he is no closer to being offered a new deal.
Time is running out for City
The Sun reports that the former Barcelona star has told City to have an offer on the table by Saturday or he will start looking elsewhere.
Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk said: “If he signs a contract in the next three or four days, OK. If not, we will not wait any longer and will start negotiations with different clubs.
“Today is Tuesday, so it means by Saturday. We will say ‘Thank you. OK, Yaya will leave in May.’
Role in City’s recent success
Toure’s camp insists that the player isn’t holding the club to ransom for a bigger salary. The Ivorian has played a major part in City’s recent success. He scored some vital league goals at the end of last season. When the team desperately needed a leader he helped put their title charge back on track.
He also scored in the FA Cup final against Stoke and semi final against Manchester United the year before.
However, he doesn’t want a pay rise and it is City who are using delaying tactics to stall the contract negations. Toure feels that only the manager treats him with enough respect after everything he has done.
Europe’s biggest clubs on red alert
Seluk continued: “This is not about money. He wants to leave because of many reasons.
“He is one of the best players at Manchester City but does not feel the respect of the staff. Only Roberto Mancini respects Yaya.”
Toure might even buy out the remainder of his contract and leave. FIFA rules state that this is an option to players when they complete the third year of their contracts.
If Toure was to leave City he would have no shortage of offers. Europe’s biggest clubs such as Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain would all be interested in a player of his quality.