Manchester City's Yaya Toure dismisses China option
Posted: 24 January 2017 Time: 12:43
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he would only end up angry if he were to make the move to China.
A number of top players such as Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, Axel Witsel, Jackson Martinez and Gervinho have headed off to the Chinese Super League for lofty transfer fees and massive wages.
But the 33-year-old Toure says he enjoys playing in the Premier League and in big games too much to cash it all in for a switch to the relative unknown.
The ex-Barcelona man, who is out of contract at the end of the season and has been the subject of reported bids from China, said: "Me? No. I'm still looking young, right?
"I want to play in Europe, especially in England. I want to continue doing that for a few years yet.
"I always say that if I went to China I would end up feeling angry there.
"Do you play football because you love football, or do you play because you want to make money? What's the purpose?
"Me, I just want to play football because I enjoy it, I love playing. I enjoy helping my team-mates, I enjoy playing against the big players and teams. I want to carry on in that way.
"Some people have the mentality that they want to do that, to try something different but, for me, my feeling is that I want to play more football.
"Look at my friend Ibrahimovic. He's 35 and he's going to play for maybe three more years?
"He's got the same mentality as me. He's a big player, a champion who loves football. It's football first."
Toure has been excellent for City since making his return to the team in November - having been sidelined following a war of words between his agent and club boss Pep Guardiola.
The Ivorian added: "I've said before that I've been involved with a lot of clubs but, especially at City, I want to give something back to the fans.
"I'd like to continue to work hard for them, keep giving them entertainment, keep them happy - that's what I want.
"If I was tired, I'd say 'no more, move on', but I don't feel like that. I feel very, very good. I feel young."