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Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 13:57 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has turned down a Sh50 million (£430,000)-a-week offer from China. The Ivorian, now 33, was the subject of interest from the Chinese Super League last summer. He decided against moving then and gave the same response when he was contacted again to say the offer remained open during the current transfer window, which closes on 31 January.
Toure's future appeared in doubt when he was left out of Manchester City's Premier League and Champions League squads by manager Pep Guardiola at the start of the season. However, he has been a regular for the club since he was recalled in November and started his seventh consecutive Premier League game in the 4-0 defeat at Everton on 15 January.
The Ivorian, who joined City from Barcelona in 2010, has become more important since Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Watford on 14 December that is likely to rule the German out for the remainder of the season. Toure has been free to sign pre-contract agreements with clubs overseas since 1 January but it is understood he still enjoys the English game.
However, City head tactician Pep Guardiola has not given Toure any guarantees about his future beyond this summer. Toure's contract at the Etihad expires this coming summer.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.