Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk confirmed that his client has finally decided to commit his future to Manchester City after the club owner Sheikh Mansour himself pleaded the player to stay.

Earlier it was reported that the Ivory Coast international was almost certain to leave the club at the end of this season. But now as the owner himself has intervened into the matter, it is believed that the ice has melted.

Regarding the matter, Dimitri Seluk . said: “Yaya is staying – because Sheikh Mansour told him he must stay.

“Mansour told Yaya that he is still a very important player and that he was the first big player to join City after the takeover.

“He told him that City wouldn’t even discuss a sale.

“This is good. People have tried to say that Yaya only wanted more money, but it was never about money. It was only about respect.”

The owner made it clear to the player that he is extremely precious to the club and is still one of the most important players in the squad. Yaya Toure now feels that he is being treated with respect at the club.

A month back when the speculation rose regarding Toure’s departure several European clubs were keen on roping in the striker for a cut price. The front-runners were Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan who desperately wanted the midfielder.