Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Yaya Toure still waiting for Man City contract amid ´very interesting´ offers

The Spain worldwide told City's official website following a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Leicester: "The final weeks of the season have been tough, but we could win against Leicester and I'm very happy for these three important points".

City need four points to be certain of a top-four finish and Guardiola is desperate to collect the first of those three against West Brom ahead of City's trip to Watford on Sunday.

Manchester City are ready to offer Yaya Touré a new contract in an attempt to keep the midfielder at the Etihad Stadium for an eighth season.

If selected, the visit of the Baggies will also mark long-serving full-back Zabaleta's final appearance at the Etihad Stadium.

He will end his first season at City trophyless, though, and he is grateful the Premier League side are sticking by him regardless of their somewhat underwhelming results in 2016-17.

"We can not say the same thing now".

"He's tough, he gets into challenges where usually he has no right to win them, but he gets out on the winning end".

Because of that, Guardiola does not yet want to discuss how he may reshape his squad for next season or the remaining contract issues within his group.

Toure, along with Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, and Tosin Adarabioyo, may find out only during the offseason.

"Guardiola said: "(The) pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend (myself with) - at that club, if in six months you don't win, you are really out. It is so important to focus on the present. The last time I spoke to anyone at City was in Monaco in March.

However, midfielders Fabian Delph (leg) and Ilkay Gundogan (knee), and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (calf) are out.

"I said many times I have this expectation because of what I have done in the past".

"So after one season it's hard to judge and I'm sure Pep will be determined to be closer next season - in all the tournaments".

Sources close to the club suggest that officials and the manager are happy to offer Toure a new deal, but this will depend on whether or not he is happy with a sizable wage cut.

Winger Matt Phillip is also out with a hamstring injury.

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