Toure snubs China

Yaya Toure says he loves football too much to go to China and would only end up angry if he were to follow the recent trend and make the move.

A number of top players including Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, Axel Witsel, Jackson Martinez and Gervinho, to name but a few, have all headed off to the Chinese Super League for lofty transfer fees and massive wages.

But the 33-year-old former Barcelona midfielder says he enjoys playing in the Premier League and in big games, against big players too much to cash it all in for a switch to the unknown.

The midfielder, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and has been the subject of a number of reported bids from China said: "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.

"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? What's the purpose?

"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. I want to carry on in that way.

"Some people have the mentality that they want to do that, to try something different but, for me, my feeling is that I want to play more football.

"Look at my friend Ibrahimovic. He's 35 and he's going to play for maybe three more years?"

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

Toure has been excellent for City since making his return to the team in November – having been sidelined following a war of words between his agent and club boss Pep Guardiola.

The Ivorian added: "I've said before that 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 – that's what I want.

"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."