Yaya Toure believes Roberto Mancini’s five-year contract at Manchester City displays the club’s willingness to build success through stability.
Mancini agreed a new deal on Monday night worth £7.5 million-a- year (Dh42.7m) to make him the highest paid manager in the Premier League.
The former Internazionale boss had been linked with an equally lucrative job in charge of the Russian national team, but while Mancini pledging his future to the club is no surprise, the length of the deal shows there is a long-term plan in place at the Etihad Stadium.
With City celebrating their first Premier League title last season, Toure claims stability is the key if City are to become a force in European football, similar to what Sir Alex Ferguson has achieved at neighbours Manchester United.
Before Manchini’s appointment in December 2009 City had gone through three managers – Stuart Pearce, Sven Goran Eriksson and Mark Hughes – in two-and-a-half years.
Toure said: “It is important for this club to have stability at all levels, especially after we have just won the title and the FA Cup the season before.
“It means there will be no changes or disruption to what has proved a winning formula and for the long term, that can only be good for Manchester City.
“Now the manager can continue to build this club and plan for the future – let’s not forget Sir Alex Ferguson has been at Manchester United for 25 years and they haven’t done too badly over the years.”
Toure has become integral to Mancini’s vision at City, as only Joe Hart, Gareth Barry, Sergio Aguero and David Silva started more games in the Premier League last season than the big Ivorian midfielder.
In the wake of their dramatic title victory there was talk from Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, he was keen for a fresh challenge after a well-travelled career that has taken in Belgium, Ukraine, Greece, France and Spain as well as England.
But Toure, in Austria on the club’s pre-season training camp, sounds content at City and wants to win more silverware.
“I’m very happy because I want to win many more trophies with City and the manager has the same mentality as I do – he wants to win everything with this club,” he added.
“It’s not only me – we have a whole squad who are hungry for more success and we are pulling in the same direction.”