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Sort my contract out or I’m off: Yaya Toure’s agent warns Manchester City over stalled new deal for midfielder

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City talisman Yaya Toure could be heading for the Etihad Stadium exit, according to his agent.

The Ivorian midfielder played an instrumental role in City’s 2011 FA Cup triumph and last season’s dramatic Premier League title.

But Dimitri Seluk said his client will seek a move elsewhere if negotiations over an extension to his £220,000-a-week contract are delayed any further.

“If he signs a contract in the next three or four days, OK,” Seluk told the Sun. “If not, we will not wait any longer and will start negotiations with different clubs.

“Today is Tuesday, so it means by Saturday we will say ‘thank you, OK, Yaya will leave in May.’

“It’s all strange. It’s not normal to have negotiations for six months about a contract. They have been talking about small details all this time.”

The 29-year-old joined Roberto Mancini’s side from Barcelona in 2010 in a deal worth £24million, instantly becoming one of City’s top earners and performers.

But Seluk is convinced Toure has become disillusioned with life in the North West and is looking for a way out.

“I do not feel he will stay at City,” he added. “This is not about money. He wants to leave because of many reasons.

“He is one of the best players at Manchester City but does not feel the respect of the staff. Only Roberto Mancini respects Yaya.”

Mancini’s future has been called into question in recent weeks as City slipped 15 points behind rivals Manchester United in the Premier League.

But, from Seluk’s comments, it appears retaining the Italian manager could be a key factor in convincing Toure to stay – that and tying up a deal before the weekend.

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