Bony wants a no-go for Yaya
Yaya Toure was greeted on his 32nd birthday by a message from team-mate Wilfried Bony urging him not to leave Manchester City.
Toure’s future has again been the subject of speculation following comments from his outspoken agent Dimitri Seluk claiming the midfielder is “90 per cent certain” to move on this summer.
The muddied picture brings back memories of a year ago when Toure became embroiled in a farcical row over how the club celebrated his birthday.
Seluk claimed City did not do enough for the player – with the lack of a cake becoming the bizarre focal point of his argument – and that led to a summer of conjecture over Toure’s future.
With Toure’s birthday now coming around again, City have seen the funny side of a serious issue with manager Manuel Pellegrini joking last week that “it is important to learn from the mistakes” of the past.
But beyond a tweet from the club’s Twitter account on the morning of his birthday – a gesture made to all players – there was no other public recognition of the occasion for what remains, beneath the surface, an important matter.
Bony is anxious for his Ivory Coast international colleague to remain at Eastlands.
Toure was influential in the striker’s move to City from Swansea in January and Bony is now hoping to be similarly persuasive in return.
Bony said: “I talk to him about it all the time. He knows what I think. He brought me here so he needs to stay.
“He told me about this being a big club, how we were the champions.
“He told me it was a club that always fights – and I am always a fighter so I liked that. He told me about the pressure, everything.”
City fans have been doing all they can to make sure Toure stays.
They sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to the player during Sunday’s 6-0 defeat of QPR.
And City’s players all want Toure to stay, according to Bony. He said: “For sure everyone wants to keep him here.”