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Sheikh Mansour convinced Yaya Toure to stay at City, says agent

Yaya Toure was linked in reports with clubs including Inter Milan and Chelsea. Credit: PA Images

Yaya Toure decided to stay at Manchester City after being assured he is a key figure in the club's future by owner Sheikh Mansour, his agent has said.

Playmaker Toure looked to be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium this summer and was linked in reports with clubs including Inter Milan and Chelsea.

However agent Dimitri Seluk has confirmed Toure will remain at the club he joined from Barcelona five years ago.

City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan waves from the stands at the Ethiad Credit: PA Images

Seluk said in the Sunday Mirror: "Yaya is staying - because Sheikh Mansour told him he must stay.

"Mansour told Yaya that he is still a very important player and that he was the first big player to join City after the takeover.

"He told him that City wouldn't even discuss a sale.

"This is good. People have tried to say that Yaya only wanted more money, but it was never about money. It was only about respect."

Seluk had previously claimed Toure was "90 per cent certain" to leave City at the end of the season.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini repeatedly stated his desire to hang on to the Ivory Coast midfielder, with the 32-year-old having two seasons left on his contract.


Kick It Out speaks out on Toure twitter abuse

Police are investigating tweets sent to the Manchester City Player. Credit: PA

At this stage we have received complaints about two separate tweets of a racist nature aimed at Yaya Toure and now we are informing the police.

Yaya Toure has been on Twitter for a matter of hours and he has already received abuse of an appalling nature.

We are disturbed by the fact that someone can be treated this way.

It makes footballers start to question why they should use these platforms.

We will offer Yaya Toure our full support.

– A Kick it Out spokesperson told the Press Association

On Monday evening Toure favourited a tweet from one City fan - @111Lesley111 - who offered her support to the former Barcelona player

This is not the first time Toure has been the target of racist abuse.

Last season he was subjected to racist chanting during City's Champions League game at CSKA Moscow.

"I'm not just disappointed, I'm furious," Toure said after City's 2-1 win in Russia.

"It was unbelievable and very sad."

CSKA denied Toure had been abused, but UEFA disagreed and ordered the Russian club to close part of their ground for their next Champions League match.

Police to investigate claims Yaya Toure was racially abused

Yaya Toure had only been back on Twitter for a few hours before someone racially abused him. Credit: Twitter

The police have been called to investigate claims Yaya Toure was racially abused within hours of reactivating his Twitter account. The Manchester City midfielder, rejoined following City's derby day victory over United.

He wrote: "Great to be back on twitter after a good win yesterday. Now my focus is on the next game... Happy Monday everyone!!" Within hours of posting the message, the 31-year-old received abusive and racist messages from other Twitter accounts.

It prompted fury on the social networking website which was spotted by Toure, who favourited three tweets which supported him and called for action.

Posters complained to both GMP and the Metropolitan Police on Twitter. A spokesman for GMP said it was aware of the message and would be looking into the matter further.

Toure quit Twitter during earlier this year, saying he wanted to concentrate on the World Cup.

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Ivorian FA 'show their support' for the Toure brothers

The Ivorian Football Association have released a statement on the passing of Ibrahim Toure, brother of footballers Kolo and Yaya Toure.

Kolo and Yaya Toure just heard about the death of their young brother, Toure Oyala Ibrahim.

In such a sad situation, the players from the Ivory Coast national team, and the entire delegation here in Brazil, show their support to the Toure brothers and their whole family.

The president of Football Ivory Coast Federation and the executive committee ask Ivorians for their prayers.

– Ivorian FA


FIFA president "saddened" over Toure brother death

FIFA president Sepp Blatter shared his sympathy on Twitter following the death of Yaya and Kolo Toure's brother, Ibrahim:

Man City: Ibrahim was a regular visitor to Carrington

Manchester City FC have released a statement following the death of Yaya Toure's brother Ibrahim:

The thoughts of everyone at Manchester City FC are with Yaya and Kolo Toure following the death of their younger brother Ibrahim.Ibrahim was a regular visitor to Carrington and was a popular figure among the staff and players and was extremely close to his two older brothers.

The Ivorian Football Federation announced that Ibrahim passed away on Thursday, 19 June in Manchester and the thoughts of everyone connected with City are with the Toure family at this most difficult time.

– Manchester City Football Club

Clubs tweet sympathies over Toure brother death

Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC have tweeted their sympathies to their players Yaya and Kolo Toure over the death of their brother Ibrahim.

Manchester City captain tweets condolences to Toure family

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has tweeted his condolence to the family of Yaya and Koule Toure, after their brother, Ibrahim, died.

The Ivory Coast Football Association released a statement saying the 28-year-old had died in Manchester. It's being reported Ibrahim Toure had been battling cancer, and was being treated in the North West.

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