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Yaya Touré still searching for a new club after Manchester City exit

After leaving Manchester City this summer, Yaya Touré is still without a club as the new season Begins.

The Ivorian, one of Manchester City’s most important players of the Sheikh Mansour era, left the club when his contract expired and was given a send-off to remember by fans at the Etihad Stadium.

Touré left Manchester City at the end of last season after six trophy laden years at the club and is currently a free agent.

Touré’s exit was soured by an explosive multi-part interview he gave to France Football in which he practically accused City boss Pep Guardiola – who gave him a one-year contract extension last summer – of being racist and having issues with African players.

Touré has been linked with clubs such as Marseille, West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace since becoming a free agent, but according to French outlet Foot Mercato, approaches from the Premier League trio have led to nothing because of the player’s salary demands. He is looking for at least £100,000-a-week despite his agent Dimitri Seluk claiming the 35-year-old would join a top six club for £1-a-week.

The 35-year-old has indicated his willingness to stay in England and has been linked with a reunion with former City boss Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham United.

But the Hammers are yet to come calling and nor are Manchester United, despite the fact Touré expressed an interest in playing alongside Paul Pogba at Old Trafford earlier in the summer.

Olympique Marseille are in the market for a midfielder after they lost Frank Zambo Anguissa to Premier League side Fulham. Toure has been reported as a possible target for OM, as they look to build a team capable of challenging Paris Saint-Germain for Ligue 1 dominance.

But  Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud has explained that his club is unlikely to sign Ivorian legend Yaya Toure.

However, Eyraud told L’Equipe: “Since the departure of Anguissa, we are working on players in this sector [midfield], yes.

“We’re looking at players of profiles of different natures: more experienced, some younger. It cannot be Yaya Toure? No.”

The former Elephants captain would reportedly have to take a major pay-cut if he is to join Marseille.

Toure’s high wage demands mean a move to the money-rich leagues in the Middle East or China may be a more realistic proposition.

Since then, there has been a rumour that Touré could join up with French coach Remi Garde at the Montreal Impact in MLS, but like with the other linked clubs, talk of that has fizzled out.

Yaya Touré finds himself still searching for a club. Where will the former Manchester City talisman wind up?

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