ESPN FC reported that the chances have increased that Manchester City will offer a new contract to Ivorian star Yaya Touré at the end of the season. Touré’s current contract expires in June and there has yet to be any public news on Touré’s status with the team going forward. Manchester City appears to be in the process of re-signing, as Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo were renewed after initially finding themselves in a similar contract situation to Touré. While ESPN FC would only point to the end of the season, James Robson of The Manchester Evening News reported that the contract offer for Touré would most likely come before Manchester City’s final game on Sunday at Watford.
Touré has had an up and down season for Manchester City, after being demoted for the first three months of the season over comments from his agent criticizing team manager Pep Guardiola. Then, after an injury to Ilkay Gundogan and an apology, Touré returned to the starting lineup and impressed viewers who doubted his performance considering his age. Manchester City’s final home game of the season will be on Tuesday, when they plan to face West Bromwich Albion. However, Touré has not said that he is considering this as his farewell, but rather has publicly expressed his desire to stay with the club. Up until recently, it was doubtful that Guardiola, who has been using a youth-oriented strategy lately with the club, would retain Touré. In addition to their early season spat, Guardiola sent Touré off the team in 2010 when they were both members of FC Barcelona. He only scored four goals in 20 total appearances this season, a far cry from his 20 goals in 35 appearances with the team back in 2014, but Manchester City appears to have found value with the maturity and leadership Touré would provide for this younger squad.