By Mark Weasley
Football, it has been said, is the most unpredictable sport ever. Most of its unpredictability comes on the pitch however, and rarely off it. Few would have believed that Yaya Toure would become a key player for Manchester City once again, following the standoff between his agent and manager.
Pep Guardiola, City’s mercurial manager had been left unimpressed with the attitude of Dmitri Seluk, Toure’s representative, who had been very critical of his attitude to his client. The 45-year-old Spaniard gave a condition that Toure had to apologise publicly before he could be reinstated into the first team fold. Apparently, Toure did apologise, and on his return to the first team in October, he scored twice against Crystal Palace and has remained an ever-present in the team.
The 33-year-old Ivorian’s contract expires in the summer, and due to his recent upturn in form, there are growing beliefs that his deal could be extended at The Etihad stadium. He is refusing to get carried away, though. While speaking recently, Toure, who joined City in 2010 in a £24m deal from Barcelona said: “Before when I talked, in New Jersey, when I signed for City, I came to this club to make history,” “I want this club to change, I want this club to be bigger than United. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but that’s my dream.” he added.
The midfielder was majestic over the weekend, as he rolled back the years, and gave a virtuoso performance that saw his team come from behind to defeat Arsenal, having been a goal down. His dream of City toppling United could be tagged impossible as the gap of trophies won seems insurmountable, but with Guardiola and Toure in tandem, impossible is nothing.