Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Yaya Toure wants to stay in Premier League

Yaya Toure wants to stay in Premier League

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that striker Sergio Aguero will decide when he wants to leave the Etihad Stadium.

The native of Buenos Aires, who turns 30 next month, is a City legend, as well as being the club's all-time record goalscorer, after managing 199 goals in 292 official appearances.

He has scored 21 Premier League goals for runaway champions City this season but underwent an arthroscopy in mid-April to fix a knee problem. "My desire is it will not happen, but I don't know. Go out and play like men - or we go home again and say to [City chairman] Khaldoon [Al Mubarak]: Thank you, we've eaten the money but we move on because this club will never achieve".

The Argentine forward has bagged 30 goals across all competitions this season, although he is now nursing a knee injury.

Guardiola said: "The club, the chairman and myself want him to stay as long as possible". The 18 games won in a row is the reason we have won the league.

"We made a good, high investment last year because it was an old team - 10, 11 players more than 31 years old".

No team has defended a Premier League title since Manchester United did it in 2009 and the Ivorian midfielder said: "Yes, of course [they can stay at the top]".

Provided such stars stay in place, Guardiola does not envisage a busy close season in the transfer market following last year's successful overhaul. Now we will make some changes with Yaya leaving.

He has two years remaining on his current contract and has previously said that he would like to return to his first club, Independiente in Argentina, after his contract expires in 2020.

Guardiola hopes to see plenty more from one of last summer's signings, Bernardo Silva, in future. As a person, what can i say?

"Maybe he didn't play as much as we wanted but he's been an unbelievable part of the team".

"Of course, I want to stay in England", Toure told United Kingdom newspapers.

However, if Liverpool drops to fifth position and manages to pull off a win in the Champions League final later this month, then Chelsea will lose out on the play-off spot to the competition's victor despite finishing fourth.

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