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David Villa signs for Man City's US franchise NYC FC

New York City FC have announced the signing of Spain international David Villa Credit: New York City FC

New York City FC have announced the signing of Spain international David Villa on a three-year deal.

The newly-formed Major League Soccer club, who are jointly owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, confirmed on their Twitter account that the 32-year-old was their first-ever player.

The club tweeted: "Welcome to New York City: David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) officially signs as #NYCFC's first ever player. #VillatoNYCFC."

Toure 'not motivated by money' says agent

Yaya Toure Credit: PA

Yaya Toure is not motivated by money but instead by the pursuit of a long-term technical role at Manchester City, according to his agent.

The Ivory Coast international seemed to express unhappiness on Twitter after his agent Dimitry Seluk publicly claimed his client felt under-appreciated and disrespected at City. Seluk suggested that one of Toure's main gripes was the club's failure to mark his 31st birthday last week.

But in an interview with Sky Sports News broadcast on Thursday morning the Ukrainian claimed Toure would be more than happy to stay should he be promised a coaching position or sporting director's role beyond his retirement.

Seluk said: "Of course. Like Real Madrid did with (Zinedine) Zidane for example. Zidane played then after that he started working for the club. Yaya needs the club in the future.

We don't want any more pounds, not a longer contract, nothing like this, only really attention. More attention (paid) to Yaya and Yaya must feel happy at the club - that's the main thing. I'll tell you one more time, we don't need one more pound in the contract."


Confusion over Toure's Man City future

Yaya Toure has caused confusion over his future at Manchester City, by first dismissing reports he might leave the club, but then endorsing the comments made by his agent.

Earlier, Toure brushed off claims he might leave the Etihad because the club "didn't care" about him.

The midfielder made a joke about the club not acknowledging his birthday, and said to fans: "judge my commitment... by my performances".

Toure then, however, tweeted support for the statements his agent made, including there being a "big possibility" he could leave the club.

Toure: judge me by my performances on the pitch

Yaya Toure has responded to claims he wants to leave Manchester City.

The midfielder tweeted a joke about a birthday card from the club getting "lost in the post", after claims from his agent that City "don't care" about the player.

Yaya Toure's agent says player may leave Man City

Yaya Toure's agent claims the midfielder may leave Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City this summer.

Dimitry Seluk claims City have not made Toure feel valued and appreciated, especially on his 31st birthday which clashed with a party in Abu Dhabi to celebrate City's title win.

Yaya Toure's agent says the player doesn't feel appreciated at Manchester City Credit: PA Images

Seluk told The Sun: "There's a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer.

"What happened at his birthday meant the club don't care about him. It was proof.

"In a normal team, his team-mates and club would at least give him good wishes.

"He's very upset and he started thinking of leaving the club. And he will leave if things carry on like this.

"It's not a question of money or contract, believe me. He has everything he needs. For Yaya what is the most important thing is human relationships.

"When your best worker has his birthday from time to time it's not bad to shake his hand. To make him feel valued and appreciated. They don't give any attention to Yaya.

"Toure signed a new four-year deal with City last season.


City reacts to UEFA sanctions

Manchester City says it has decided to enter into a compromise agreement with UEFA over a breach of financial fair play rules.

It comes after the club was fined £49million and handed a reduction in their Champions League squad for next season from 25 to 21 players.

The club said expenditure on new players for the upcoming summer transfer window, on top of income from players it might sell, will be limited to 60million euros but that this will have no material impact on planned transfer activity.

"The wage bill of the whole club (playing and non-playing staff) for 2014-15 will need to remain at the same level as that of 2013-14 season.

"It is important to note that additional bonuses for performances can be paid outside this number. Importantly, in reality, the existing MCFC business plan sees a natural decline in that wage bill.

"The nature of conditions that will result in the lifting of sanctions means that the club expects to be operating without sanction or restriction at the commencement of the 2015-16 season."

– Manchester City statement

City pay for big spending

Manchester players celebrate during the Premier League Victory Parade Credit: PA Images

Manchester City have been fined 60 million Euros (£49million) and handed a reduction in their Champions League squad for next season from 25 to 21 players for breaching UEFA's financial fair play rules.

UEFA announced the sanctions in a statement - but City will have 40million euros of the fine returned if the Premier League champions comply with spending controls agreed with UEFA.

Manchester City have accepted the sanctions, which also include a salary freeze on their Champions League squad for the next two seasons, and to "significantly limit spending in the transfer market for seasons 2014/2015 and 2015/2016", said UEFA in a statement.

Nasri could quit over France snub

Samir Nasri has threatened to quit international football after being overlooked for a second successive World Cup by France.

The Manchester City playmaker was controversially left out of coach Didier Deschamps' 23-man squad for this summer's tournament in Brazil, and was not even among the seven potential replacements.

The 26-year-old had been expecting the snub but claims it is still difficult to take, coming after a superb season in which he helped City win the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup.

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