The Ivorian's representative has set the Premier League champions a deadline for a new contract to be offered, but the club are determined not to open discussions until the summerBy Paul Clennam
Yaya Toure's agent has warned Manchester City that the midfielder will leave the club this summer if he does not sign a new deal by Saturday.
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Dimitri Seluk, the 29-year-old's representative, claimed City have until the weekend to offer his client an extension, or he will look elsewhere at the end of the season.
“If he signs a contract in the next three or four days, OK," Seluk told the Sun. "If not, we will not wait any longer and will start negotiations with different clubs.
“Today is Tuesday, so it means by Saturday. We will say 'Thank you. OK, Yaya will leave in May.'
“I do not feel he will stay at City. This is not about money. He wants to leave because of many reasons.
“He is one of the best players at Manchester City but does not feel the respect of the staff. Only Roberto Mancini respects Yaya.”
But despite Seluk's ultimatum, Txiki Begiristain and the rest of the City board are determined not to be bullied. In October, Goal.com revealed the club had elected not to begin contract discussions with Toure and his representatives until the summer.
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The 29-year-old is already one of the top earners at City, with a basic wage of £150,000-a-week rising to £220,000 after bonuses.