Kolo Toure to leave Man City

  • By: Graeme Bailey
  • Last Updated: April 24 2013, 21:53 BST

Kolo Toure has confirmed he will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, but he wants to stay in England.

Kolo Toure to leave Man City

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international joined City from Arsenal in 2009 in a £16million deal.

He was a regular during the first couple of years during his stay at the Etihad, but he has since become more of a squad player under Roberto Mancini.

Now he has admitted that he is set to leave City as the club have made no contact over a new deal.

"I have been here for nearly four years, and two fantastic years when I have been playing a lot and I hear my songs with Yaya and I will miss those things, for me my family is here, my kids are at school and they like the area - but in two months nothing has come from the club and I am thinking about my future definitely," Toure told Sky Sports News.

Toure, who has been linked with moves to Italy and France, insists he wants to stay in England.

"My first choice is this country, as I like English football - that is why I began playing football," he said.

"After Ivory Coast I came here, I don't know any other culture and it is important for me to stay here, I have been here for ten-years."

Toure also congratulated Manchester United on winning a 20th league title. He says they deserved to win it and warns City they must start next season stronger.

"They have been more consistent, more concentrated and I think we lost a bit of motivation and determination and that cost us the title," he said.

"I think City need to start from the first game to the end of the season and try and be focused, like we were last season - every game, as the Premier League is so hard, you can beat Chelsea and then lose against Wigan and those games are key."

Toure along with Samir Nasri were at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon with an East Manchester primary school for the Learning Through Football scheme. The highlight of the scheme is to improve literacy and numeracy levels in Manchester and the UK.


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