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Yaya Toure Extends Manchester City Contract

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been rewarded with a year's time after playing a key role in Pep Guardiola's first season in English management.

The Ivory Coast international had a shrewd relationship with Pep at former club Barcelona, and this led to doubts over his position at the Etihad.

Toure initially struggled to cement a regular place in matchday squad owing to a statement from his agent Dimitri Seluk, who happened to slam Pep for humiliating his representative. However, the 34-year-old managed to smoothen things between him and the head coach by apologising for Seluk's reaction.

The former Barca man played a key role between the festive period and the end of the season, and his influence in the centre of the park was crucial to the Citizens clinching a Champions League qualification place for next term. Toure has now inked a fresh one-year deal with the Mancunian giants, and he revealed his delight at his extension following initial doubts on whether he could be released at the expiry of his contract this summer.

"I’m delighted. I told myself the journey at City is not done and when I talked to the manager I was very delighted,” Toure told the club's official website,"When I was first coming here [in 2010] I was trying to be part of a new story, of something special at this club. I am very lucky now to be part of a great club with great players around me who are helping me to achieve my targets."

The veteran midfielder also expressed his ambition to win silverware with City next season following a first-ever trophy less season for Pep Guardiola in his managerial career. Guardiola had won the league title with ease at former club Bayern Munich, but the Premier League has provided a whole new challenge for the Catalan tactician.