Of the six Manchester City players out of contract this summer, five (Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Gaël Clichy, Jesús Navas) will be leaving. But the biggest superstar will not be going anywhere.
According to a report from Goal, Yaya Touré has been offered a new one-year deal by the club and is very close to signing it. The Ivorian has accepted a considerable decline in wages, and the final details of Touré's new contract are being worked out and the announcement should come soon.
Yaya began the season out of Pep Guardiola's plans because of the constant criticism from Touré's agent, Dimitri Seluk, who ripped Guardiola for not selecting his player for Champions League matches and hinted at Yaya moving to local rivals Manchester United last January.
Four months into his "exile", Touré spoke to Seluk and the two approached Guardiola, and as soon as the problems were solved, Yaya came back to the team and made his season debut with a game-winning brace at Crystal Palace.
Since his return, Touré never looked back and became a key component of Guardiola's system as the anchor in midfield who was responsible for linking defense to attack with his amazing passing ability. Yaya lost plenty of weight and avoided injuries all season, and finished the campaign as the first name on Pep's teamsheet, which was not the case a year ago.
Touré has certainly earned a new deal thanks to his contributions on the pitch, and he'll stay at the club to use his leadership qualities to help the various new faces arriving this summer adapt to City. Bernardo Silva is the first one to arrive, and he'll have Touré alongside him in midfield.
Next season could be Yaya's last, and we should be incredibly happy that he'll probably retire as a Manchester City player. What a legend.