Manchester City star Yaya Toure has admitted he is shocked by the rate at which players are heading to China in recent months but he wants to remain in Europe and compete with the best like Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The big Swede joined City bitter rivals last summer at the age of 35 but he has been amazing for the Red Devils. He has so far scored 19 goals in only 30 appearances in all competitions.

Yaya Toure controversial agent Dimitri Seluk revealed a couple of weeks ago that they have turned down several offers from Chinese Super League clubs.

So is Yaya going to China soon?

“Me? No. I’m still looking young, right?

“I want to play in Europe, especially in England. I want to continue doing that for a few years yet.

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“I always say that if I went to China I would end up feeling angry there.

“Do you play football because you love football or do you play because you want to make money?

“Me, I just want to play football because I enjoy it. I love playing. I enjoy helping my team-mates, I enjoy playing against the big players and teams.

“Look at my friend Ibrahimovic. He’s 35 and he’s going to play for maybe… three more years?”

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“He’s got the same mentality as me. He’s a big player, a champion who loves football. It’s football first.

“Anything after that is a bonus. You can be lucky to go and play for big clubs and still earn a lot of money. But those who go to China… I don’t think like that.”

The former Ivory Coast Captain had problems with new boss Pep Guardiola in the first half of the season but now he is back in the team, he wants to give back to the fans for the great support.

“I’ve been involved with a lot of clubs. But especially at City, I want to give something back to the fans.

“I’d like to continue to work hard for them, keep giving them entertainment, keep them happy.

“If I was tired, I’d say, ‘No more, move on’. But I don’t feel like that, I feel very, very good. I feel young.”

Manchester City drew 2-2 with 3rd placed Tottenham Hotspurs last weekend. Pep Guardiola side is now 5th in the log, 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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