Samir Nasri believes that Yaya Toure’s head “is in the right place” for the decisive phase of Manchester City’s title defense and Champions League challenge after the midfielder led the country, Ivory Coast, to the Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Equatorial Guinea last month.
The 31-year-old Ivorian is set to make his first game for the club since the tournament finished in Saturday evening’s home against Newcastle United. The champions will hope to avoid losing to Chelsea who could be 10 points ahead by the time City’s match begins.
Currently, the Ivory Coast midfielder has two-and-a-half years left on his deal with Manchester City, but the club are open in extending his contract, which is worth £220,000 a week, and are set to tempt him with a prestigious job as a club ambassador when he retires from playing. At the age of 31, this is likely to be his final big-money contract during his career.
Nasri, who is a close friend of Toure, believes that the victory in Equatorial Guinea will allow the midfielder to focus on the closing 13 league games and the last 16 Champions League 16 tie against Barcelona. “I’ve spoken to Yaya and it was something that he was actually waiting for, now he has it and his head is going to be in the right place. And we know exactly how important he is,” he said.
Yaya Toure is formerly a defender who is currently plays as a box-to-box midfielder, often switching from offensive and defensive stances as the match progresses. He can play in several midfield positions, and he is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and the world.
Despite the gap of score to Chelsea, Nasri insists that the champions have not given the title defense up. “No, because the two times we won the league we were behind as well and we just caught them at the end,” he said. Frankly, Nasri hopes that “Chelsea are going to make mistake,” and it will be the perfect time for them to try to get in behind and try to sneak in at the end to grab the title.
On the other hand, Yaya Toure who has earned 95 caps for the Ivory Coast could be set to call time on his international career. He hinted he could be set to retire from international career following his success with his Ivory Coast national team at African Cup of Nations 2015. Toure’s decision to retire from international career could help prolong his career and indeed his stay with Manchester City.