Yaya Toure to leave Manchester City

EPL: Guardiola confirms Yaya Toure's exit

EPL: Guardiola confirms Yaya Toure's exit

"He will not stay after this season", said Guardiola.

Guardiola said: "The Brighton we will give him what he deserves, one of the most attractive experiences a player can receive".

"Yaya came here at the start of the journey". Where we are now is because of what he has done.

"We can not forget the period from Roberto Mancini, and especially Manuel Pellegrini, Yaya was the key player".

Toure scored the winning goal in the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke City, ending a 35-year trophy drought for his club and a maiden Premier League crown arrived the following season.

"What we have to think about is winning another game".

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The former Barcelona boss has one more year remaining on his contract, and talks over a new deal are expected to take place over the summer, but the Spaniard is in no rush.

"We can not forget we have magnificent facilities but we can not forget that the club gets higher and higher because of the players", Guardiola added.

Toure, who turns 35 next week, signed a one-year extension on his contract in June 2017, but having only featured sparingly this season, his Etihad career will end in a few months time.

But the fact remains that he will go down as one of the greatest players to pull on the sky blue shirt of City, as well as being recognised as a Premier League great. City's current figures are 30, 102 and 93.

"Believe me, I would love to be in the final of the Champions League and I would like to be the champion of the Champions League", he said.

"It would be a good time to do it, playing at home in front of our fans - they deserve it, they have supported us in hard moments through the season and now deserve to celebrate the league title and the records", added Fernandinho. "Next season we will try again".

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