Yaya Toure wants quick resolution to Man City contract situation - source
Yaya Toure wants a quick resolution to his contract situation at Manchester City, a source has told ESPN FC.
Club sources have told ESPN FC that there is a strong chance that the Ivorian midfielder, whose current contract runs out at the end of the season, will be offered a new deal. But City insist they will make their final decision after Sunday's final game at Watford, with a place in next season's Champions League not yet absolutely certain.
ESPN FC has been told that Toure has received offers from other teams in the Premier League and Europe but he wants to know if he will remain at City before he goes away on holiday.
First-team players are set to spend some time at the club's Etihad Academy next week after a busy season and will be taking part in some commercial activity ahead of the club's summer tour to the United States.
Toure's City career looked to be over when he was left out for the first three months of the season after comments from his agent Dimitri Seluk criticising manager Pep Guardiola.
But he returned to the first team after apologising and has forced his way back into becoming an important player with teammates hoping he will land a new deal.
Midfielder Fernandinho told reporters after Tuesday's 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion: "He's a top player. Of course I hope he stays. We want him in the side with us because he makes our life much easier.
"And, of course, he has quality. When he gets the ball, you don't know what he is capable of doing -- we saw that on Tuesday night. He made that one chance with Sergio and scored that beautiful goal.
"He's shown his quality over the years he's been here. He's still a key player for us. We'll see what happens next season.
"It's not his thing to let someone decide for him. Everyone has their own life, you have to decide by yourself. But, of course, if he asks me for advice I would tell him to stay -- he's a great player."
Toure's long-time City teammate Pablo Zabaleta, on the other hand, is in no rush to decide on his next move despite being out of contract the end of the season.
The Argentina defender will leave Manchester City in the summer after nine years with the club and was given a resounding farewell from fans on his last game at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night in the 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Zabaleta, 32, has revealed has he had plenty of offers from clubs in England and Europe and he says he will take his time before deciding on his next move.
"I have a few offers from teams in the Premier League, some offers from abroad. I am just thinking what is the best for me and my family," he told reporters.
"I have been in England for so many years. I am happy and I enjoy playing in the Premier League. We will see.
"I cannot decide here because there are still a few more days to enjoy here as a Manchester City player. There is still one more game to go at the end of the season. We have to get a result against Watford to try and secure that third position for the Champions League spot next season then we will see what is happening."
Zabaleta, who is a much-loved cult hero among the City fans, admitted it had been hard to say goodbye.
The defender addressed supporters, who stayed behind after full-time, following the game and was given a standing ovation from the remaining crowd.
"I have been struggling to sleep properly because I have been thinking about it. You never realise how tough those moments are when you have to say goodbye to everyone," he added.
"Now we have a training session. We have to prepare for the game against Watford in the same way because we need a result. Then we can enjoy the holidays."
City need a point from their final game at Watford to be certain of Champions League qualification while a victory would see Pep Guardiola's side finish third.
"The team, the players, the manager need to be in the Champions League, in the greatest competition in the world next season. I would be pleased if we seal that spot," Zabaleta said.
"I will enjoy watching Manchester City in the Champions League. Hopefully they can win it one day because that is the competition we are looking for and this club is trying to win.
"We have been very successful in domestic competitions over the last few years but Champions League is one of the biggest competitions for the club. I am sure the future is so bright and hopefully one day the club can achieve it."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.