20th March, 2013
Yaya Toure has stunned Manchester City by demanding: Give me a new contract by Saturday — or I am off.
The Ivorian midfielder is fuming that talks over a new deal have stalled for six months.
And Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, last night admitted: “If he signs a contract in the next three or four days, if not, we will not wait any longer and will start negotiations with different clubs.
“I do not feel he will stay at City. This is not about money. He wants to leave because of many reasons. “He is one of the best players at Manchester City but does not feel the respect of the staff. Only Roberto Mancini respects Yaya.”
The former Barcelona ace, 29, is City’s top earner on £220,000 a week. But Seluk insists he has not asked for a pay rise and the dispute centres around the club’s delaying tactics.
And Toure, away on international duty for a World Cup qualifier against Gambia in Abidjan on Saturday, is ready to use FIFA rules in his cause.
They state if a player has not signed a new deal by the end of the third year of his contract he can buy out the rest and leave.
Seluk added: “It’s all strange. It’s not normal to have negotiations for six months about a contract. They have been talking about small details all this time.”
City’s technical director Txiki Begiristain allowed Toure to leave Barcelona for City when he was the Catalan giants’ sporting director.
And Seluk claimed even owner Sheikh Mansour’s personal intervention may not be enough.
He added: “Maybe if the owner speaks to Yaya, maybe he doesn’t know the details.”
The bombshell news will hit Mancini and spark frenzy among Europe’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.