Yaya Toure says it's the right time to change the chapter and leave Manchester City

Thierry Henry and Yaya Toure
Image: Yaya Toure (right) spoke exclusively to Thierry Henry about his Man City career

Yaya Toure has told Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry that while now is the right time to leave Manchester City, he still wants to continue playing.

The midfielder announced recently that he would be ending his eight-year stay at the Etihad this summer having made 316 appearances in total for the club.

However, Toure feels that after winning seven major trophies at City - including last season's Premier League - the time has now arrived to write a new chapter in his career.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure against Leicester at the King Power Stadium
Image: Yaya Toure made 316 appearances in total for City

"After such long service like that, eight years, it is not easy," Toure said in an exclusive one-on-one chat with his former Barcelona team-mate Henry. "It will be sad because I will miss my team-mates.

"If you see everything throughout my career, all the personal trophies I have been able to achieve have only been at City, because they give me such belief in myself.

In my mind, and my body as well, I feel that I can do more and continue to carry on
Yaya Toure

"And make me achieve another level because the club have been so good to me and the fans have been good with me.

"But I think it is time to change the chapter and I will be very delighted and open to see who will get my service and I will continue my job."

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The Ivory Coast international will be available on a free transfer for any potential suitors with his contract at City expiring this summer.

And the 35-year-old will not be hanging up his boots next season, claiming he still has plenty of fuel left in the tank.

 during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Etihad Stadium on May 9, 2018 in Manchester, England.
Image: Yaya Toure with brother Kolo (left) after his final City appearance

"It hurt me a little bit as well (leaving) because in my mind, and my body as well, I feel that I can do more and continue to carry on," he said.

"But now we go to the part where we have to move on and continue, because I love football. I can do nothing, it is only football I can do."

Yaya Toure was the inspiration behind City's 2013/14 Premier League title win
Image: Yaya Toure won seven major trophies at City, including the 2014 Premier League

Toure is proud though that his career at City, a period that has coincided with the most successful time in the club's history, has been so well received.

"It was brilliant, it is a fantastic thing because this kind of thing where they put your picture, does mean that the club appreciated your service and what you have been doing for them," says Toure of City's decision to unveil a plaque of him by the club's academy pitches.

"That day my wife, brother and close people were there watching that and you can't be more proud than that. This is such an unbelievable thing the club can do."

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