5th of April 2013 Author: Glo Wood
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a new four-year contract with the Premier League defending champions. The deal will keep the Ivory Coast international at the club until 2017. "This is where I want to be," the 29-year-old midfielder said after signing the contract. "I will never forget how I have been treated here by the fans, the club and the owners and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to finish my career as a Manchester City player."
Toure was bought from Barcelona for a reported £24m in 2010, after having won the Champions League title with the Spanish club a year earlier. The hard working midfielder has become an important member of Roberto Mancini's side, scoring the winning goal in the 2011 FA Cup final and a vital double against Newcastle United last May to keep the eventual Premier League champions in the title race.
Toure has scored eight goals this season as City have progressed to the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday 14 April, but the Citizens made an early Champions League exit and are 15 points behind Manchester United in the league with only seven games remaining. "Of course now it looks likely that we will not successfully defend the Premier League title and that is sad for all of us," Toure added. "But we can still finish second and win the FA Cup for a second time in three years and that is still an achievement for a club that won nothing for a long time. We must try to finish on a high note and then start preparing to win more next season. Football is always a challenge and always a puzzle to solve and that is why we all love the game. You have to use your skill, intelligence and strength to constantly improve and that is what we at City intend to do."
Manchester City will face arch rivals Manchester United next Monday in a Premier League clash that could decide who wins the title, that is if Manchester United make almost sure of winning it with six games left in the season. Here are the odds for the Manchester Derby at Bet365:
Manchester United win - 13/10
Draw - 5/2
Manchester City win - 23/10
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