Inter Milan have ended their pursuit of Yaya Toure after manager Roberto Mancini admitted the midfielder will remain at Manchester City.
The 33-year old Ivoirian had been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium following the arrival of Pep Guardiola, but reports have indicated that the former Barcelona boss have assessed the squad in the few days he has been with them and Toure may now figure in his plans.
Guardiola joined Manchester City in 2010 from Barcelona after he was sold by Guardiola and incidentally, it was Mancini who was coach of City at that time, and paid £24m for the Ivorian captain.
He had hoped he would be able to lure him to Italy for a reunion, but has now given up, admitting Toure would remain in the Premier League instead.
“I think there’s no hope of seeing (Toure) with us,” Mancini was quoted on Sky Sport Italia.
“I can say that he’s still one of the best midfielders in the world.
“But now I think there’s no hope of seeing him with us.
“We saw (Inter CEO Michael) Bolingbroke today, but we didn’t talk about the transfer market, we’re focused on other things.
“What is the main focus? I don’t know, we’ll decide what moves to make.”
There would have also been some other complications in the deal if Inter had pushed on, as it is doubtful they will be able to meet Toure’s current £240,000-a-week salary at Manchester City.
While Mancini and Inter appear to have given up hope, reports are however suggesting Toure is still open to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer.