Yaya Toure could invoke the Webster ruling and buy himself out of the final year of his Manchester City contract, says agent Dimitri Seluk. According to him, the player may have to buy himself out of his contract with Manchester City, if they try to keep him for the final year of his current deal.
Speaking to Sunday Mirror, Dimitri said that City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, has broken two promises about a time-table for negotiations for a contract extension and that he has now given the club two options: either to offer the Ivorian a three-year deal or let him leave for free, warning City that Toure could invoke article 17 of FIFA’s transfer regulations, titled consequences of terminating a contract without just cause, and pay a compensation fee to buy himself out of his current deal.
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Toure’s contract runs to the end of next season but his future is up in the air with the summer arrival of incoming boss Pep Guardiola – the man who sold him to City while Barcelona manager in 2010. His agent said:
“A player like Yaya Toure should not be moving towards the last year of his contract wondering if he is going to get a new deal. He is 32. He has three or four years left at the top and City must tell Yaya now what they want to do.
“The best idea would be to give Yaya a three-year contract that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career. The second is to say ‘thank you’ and allow him to leave for nothing.”
Toure is currently earning £230,000 a week at the Etihad, which is almost £12 million a year. Seluk says Toure could exploit the loophole which allows players to buy themselves out of their contract two years after it has been signed, provided they were over 28 at the time the deal was inked and buy himself out for less than £10 million.
“I spoke to City about a new contract and they said wait until December. I spoke to them in December and they said wait until March. Now they are saying Yaya must wait until the summer. This is unacceptable.
“I will not let Yaya waste a year at City, I will not let City keep him because, in one more year, his chances of joining another big club will be smaller.
“I will go to FIFA. I will write to them and tell them that we will buy Yaya out of his contract. We can do this. It is an option. This is not a threat. I promise you that Yaya will leave City this summer one way or another if they don’t offer him a new contract. And there will be nothing that even Sheikh Mansour can do about it.”