Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says no amount of money could convince him to remain at a club where he felt he no longer belonged. Toure’s future has been the subject of increased speculation in recent months, with former City boss Roberto Mancini making no secret of his desire to try to lure the Ivorian to Inter Milan this summer. And Toure, who turns 32 next month, insists he is not motivated by money and remains open to new challenges.
“No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me,” he told French football website Foot Mercato. “It would be unjust on my part. There comes a moment where numbers don’t stop us, it goes beyond that, even if the English press seem more interested in the numbers than the sport itself. “For the future, I don’t know more than you do, because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature.” Toure won the first Premier League title of his career during Mancini’s reign as City boss and the midfielder revealed the 50-year-old Italian is one of the best managers he has played under. “Mancini is a mentor for me, and a coach out of the ordinary,” Toure said. “It is no secret that I loved when he was my boss, as I like to play for City today.” The future of current City manager Manuel Pellegrini has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks following a run of indifferent results which has seen last year’s champions slump to fourth in the Premier League. But Toure insists his City future is not linked to the managerial post at the Etihad, adding he owes it to the club’s fans to stay. “When I arrived at City, Pellegrini was not the coach,” he added. “Just like the players, managers arrive and leave. As I have said before, I owe it to the City fans to fight until the end of my career at this club. “My decisions will not be affected by changes in management, but more by the challenges that will be offered to me.”