Guardiola Confirms Yaya Toure Exit

Guardiola Confirms Yaya Toure Exit

Pep Guardiola has finally brought down the curtain on Yaya Touré's Manchester City career and guaranteed the midfielder a memorable farewell in front of his home crowd next week.

The Ivorian netted the winning goal in the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke City which ended a 35-year old trophy drought for the Premier League club, and a maiden EPL trophy arrived the following season.

And as he prepared his side to face Huddersfield on Sunday and Brighton on Wednesday in two home games, Guardiola confirmed that the Ivory Coast worldwide will be leaving the Etihad Stadium.

"The Brighton game we will give him what he deserves, one of the most handsome farewells a player can receive. We are going to try to win the game for him", he said.

Ivory Coast global Toure, who joined City from Barcelona for a fee of about £24m in 2010, signed a new one-year contract in June 2017.

The player, who will be 35 this month, then issued a pubic apology and was welcomed back into the fold, with a one-year contract extension.

Toure has made 229 Premier League appearances in his eight seasons at Etihad Stadium.

Toure has played over 300 games for City and has scored more than 80 goals. "Yaya Toure came here when this idea for the club started, and what we are in this moment is thanks to what this guy has done", said Guardiola. "He was a key player", tweeted the City manager.

"What we have to think about is winning another game".

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