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Report: Yaya Touré determined to stay in Premier League next season despite China, Serie A offers

He might even remain at City!

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Yaya Touré is still one of the top players in the Premier League despite a few struggles this season, and the Manchester City star is not thinking about leaving England at the moment.

The Ivorian midfielder is heavily linked with a move away from the Citizens with the arrival of Pep Guardiola. The two worked together for a period at Barcelona before the Catalan coach sold Touré to the Citizens, and rumors since then claim Guardiola and Yaya have a terrible relationship. However, sources close to the situation say there is no bad feelings between the two, which could result in a somewhat shocking turn of events.

Touré is considering staying at City for the final year of his contract. The 33-year-old is one of the few players on the City squad who knows the details of Pep's style of football, and with a major squad overhaul planned for Guardiola's debut season, Yaya might be hugely important when it comes to the transition from Manuel Pellegrini to Guardiola, on and off the pitch. He could serve as a "translator" of sorts, helping his new teammates understand what the Catalan coach expects from them for one season until they are fully capable of "speaking the language".

But the most likely outcome at the moment is Touré leaving the club. But even if he does that, he is not interested in leaving England. He and his family are settled in the country, and Yaya believes he's still good enough for a top-level Premier League team, which has led to his rejection of a two-year, £50 million salary offer from a Chinese Super League team. Inter Milan has also been in touch trying to bring Touré to the Serie A, but the Ivorian has also said no.

Yaya Touré's future is uncertain, but we know one thing: he is staying in England. And, who knows, he might even stay at City after all.