Yaya Toure

Manchester City star Yaya Toure has ended speculation regarding his future at the Etihad Stadium by commiting his long-term future to the Premier League champions.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Toure said: "They [the fans] have always been good with me and always been good with my family and I want to say that I will always honour my contract and stay as long as possible. Don't think about the speculation about me leaving.

"For the fans and what they have done for me and it is a big pleasure for me to stay and enjoy next season.

"There was a lot of speculation and people were linking me with everywhere. It's disappointing, I need to do something for the fans because people will want to hear and I want to keep them in good will. The team is preparing well and we will try to do it again next year."

Earlier this season his agent, Dimitri Seluk, revealed that he could leave City this summer as the Ivory Coast international was upset with the club's owners and officials because they forgot to wish him happy birthday.

"Yaya is so upset, he is thinking of leaving City. There are a number of things that have happened that have left Yaya feeling bitterly upset. City have treated him with disrespect and have really hurt him," Dmitry Seluk said.

"What happened at his birthday meant the club don't care about him. It was proof. They can say whatever they want, 'Oh we like him, but we forgot.' None of them shook his hand on his birthday. It's really sick."

And Toure himself recently fuelled those rumours claiming the club refused to let him spend time with his brother in the weeks before his death.

"I confess that I am still very sad. I'm suffering because I feel I have done nothing useful for him the last few weeks. At the end of the season, I wanted to stay for four or five days with my brother before I flew to prepare for the World Cup with Ivory Coast, except that City did not want to give me a few days."

Toure inspired City to the Premier League title last season, scoring 20 goals and being nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year.