Top-flight title holders desperate to keep hold of Ivorian.
Premier League champions Manchester City are hoping to persuade key midfield player Yaya Toure to sign an extension to his current contract with the North-West club, reports the Daily Star.
The Ivory Coast international has only just returned to the Ethiad stadium having been away with his country at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, however, upon his comeback to the top flight the previously struggling club have immediately been revitalised.
So much so that in Sunday’s hugely important Premier League clash with the European champions Chelsea at Eastlands, Toure turned in a man-of-the-match display to help City win 2-0, including scoring the crucial opener in the second half.
As a result, the club are determined to tie the player down to a new big-money five-year contract worth a reported £55 million, which works out at £11m a year and £220,000 a week.
“The Premier League is fantastic. I’m happy to be in this championship and I want to stay here a long time. I always want to be here,” said Toure recently, while his manager, Roberto Mancini, is also desperate to keep hold of the player, saying: “Yaya is a very important player to Manchester City.”