Yaya Toure: I’m going nowhere in January


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Yaya Toure insists his immediate future is with Manchester City and he will be staying at the club beyond January in order to challenge for the Premier League title.

Toure arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2010 from Barcelona and the midfielder was an integral part of the team that won the league title in 2012 and 2014.

The former Ivory Coast international, who guided his country to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, scored six and 20 goals respectively in those two trophy-winning campaigns.

However, the 33-year-old has endured a tough time under manager Pep Guardiola this season and their relationship has been strained at times.

Toure was left out of the Champions League squad and his agent Dimitri Seluk stated the City boss had humiliated his client by omitting him from the first team.

The Bouake-born star was only recently brought back into the Spanish tactician’s plans but there were still reports suggesting a January exit could be on the cards.

However, Toure has quashed the rumours and insists he will continue to help the club attempt to catch runaway leaders Chelsea.

He said: “My focus is on City. The future is there because for now the league is not finished.”

City switch to FA Cup third-round action on Friday when they travel to the London Stadium to take on a West Ham side who have struggled to replicate their form of last season.

The hosts are outsiders at 5.00 to win the game, the draw is priced at 3.80 while the visitors are the firm 1.67 favourites to book their place in the fourth round.

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