It’s coming up to Yaya Touré’s birthday, which is always a stressful time for the midfielder. A time to re-evaluate his life goals. A time to moan about Manchester City and issue come-and-get-me pleas to rival clubs.
A year after he contemplated quitting City because “none of them shook his hand on his birthday”, Touré’s now saying he’s open to new challenges.
The Guardian relays what he told Foot Mercato:
Since I started playing football, I had a dream as a little boy. Today, I am living the dream of thousands of little boys. I represent my continent, Africa, and that has no price. No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me.
It would be unjust on my part. There comes a moment where numbers don’t stop us, it goes beyond that, even if the English press seem more interested in the numbers than the sport itself. For the future, I don’t know more than you do because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature.
Good to know that a man on more than $300,000 a week isn’t worried about money. One kind of challenge for him might be to stay with City and try to play to his full potential for more than one out of every three games next season.
But Toure, who turns 32 on May 13, is interested in moving to Paris Saint-Germain (who isn’t these days?) or Inter Milan, reports the Telegraph. As long as they have birthday cake. A proper one, with candles.