Yaya Toure refuses to rule out 9/1 Manchester United move

Yaya Toure made an emotional farewell from Manchester City

Outgoing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he is not ruling out a move to Manchester United as he looks towards the next move of his career.

The 35-year-old announced earlier this month that he would be leaving the Etihad after eight years with the club, but does want to keep playing elsewhere.

In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Toure has not ruled out a move to local rivals United, who are looking to replace the experience of Michael Carrick in the middle of the park.

Online bookmaker Sky Bet have priced the Ivorian at 9/1 to move to Old Trafford this summer.

When asked about retiring midfielder Carrick, Toure said: "Yeah he just left. Let's see, let's see.

"I don't rule big teams out. The big teams are very important for me.

"What they want to achieve, the way they want to go, for me is very important.

"I want to go somewhere I can win and achieve. It's going to be hard one day to play against City, but I have to do that. It is part of my job.

"I've been playing football for such a long time, I'm no good in the office or something else. I am good in football.

Yaya Toure celebrates after scoring for Manchester City at Old Trafford (2014)

"To see myself at a different club is going to be difficult. I have been such a big part of City for such a long time now. I just want to say that definitely I will continue to play at a high level - Champions League or Europa League.

"I want to play two more years. They have to be in the higher level and then I can do something else."

He was asked about his potential replacement at City and name-checked a United midfielder, going on to reveal he would love to play alongside him and 'teach him some things'.

“I love Paul Pogba (pictured, below),” he continued.

"I love Kevin (de Bruyne) as well and I love (David) Silva. Silva was my player.

“It is difficult because you have to be good on all things. Silva is short and strong.

“Pogba - it’s difficult because of the way the media has treated him. We don’t have the same characteristics because for me I was involved in all the ball, I ran everywhere.

“I liked that. I was prepared for that. I was working for that for a long time.

“When I was in the academy in Africa I had to run everywhere, get box to box in 50 seconds. It’s something I’ve been loving to do.

“Pogba is the same size, power - but different in the way he wants to go. Technically as well, the ability to score goals as well.

"It is a player I want to play with, to be honest, just to teach him some things.”

Yaya Toure's next permanent club (via Sky Bet)

West Ham - 2/1
Liverpool - 5/1
Wolves - 5/1
Any MLS club - 8/1
Manchester United -9/1
Arsenal - 10/1

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Odds correct as of 1350 BST on 23/05/18

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