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City star Yaya Toure wanted by Real Madrid

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is wanted by newly-crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid according to reports from MundoDeportivo today.

Toure was instrumental in helping City win their first English league title in 44 years at the weekend and has become a firm fan favourite at the Etihad Stadium since his arrival from Barcelona during the summer of 2010, however the Guardian recently reported Toure would like to return to Barcelona some day.

Now MD are reporting Real Madrid want to bring a world class midfielder into the squad during the summer to play with Xabi Alonso – especially as recent signings Nuri Sahin and Sami Khedira have failed to meet expectations, and claim  club president Florentino Perez wants to use his close relationship with Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed as a platform to broker a deal to take Toure to the Bernabeu.

However the deal could prove problematic for Perez; not least because of the player’s connection with Madrid’s bitter rivals, Barça. The 29-year-old Ivorian international is among the highest paid players at City and is currently reported to have a deal worth seven million euros per year; a fee that would only be bettered by Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka at Madrid;  all reported to earn nine million each year.

Toure is also integral to Roberto Mancini’s City side as they head into next season’s Uefa Champions League looking to improve on a disappointing exit in the group stages of this year’s competition.


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