Yaya Touré will be given “one of the most beautiful farewells” as he prepares to bring his eight-year Manchester City career to an end, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
Touré, who joined from Barcelona in 2010, will be given an emotional send-off during City’s final home game of the season.
The Ivorian midfielder has made just 16 appearances this season and has not started once in City’s triumphant Premier League campaign, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Guardiola revealed that the visit from Brighton will be dedicated to the departing Touré.
“He will not stay this season,” he said when asked about Touré’s future. “The Brighton game we will give him what he deserves. One of the most beautiful farewells a player can receive.
“All the game will we be focused on winning the game against Brighton for Yaya, and we are going to try to do it for him.
“We have amazing facilities, but the club became what they did because of the players. Yaya Touré came here when this idea for the club started, and what we are in this moment is thanks to what this guy has done.
“We cannot forget the period from Roberto Mancini, and especially Manuel Pellegrini, Yaya was the key, key, key player.
Touré will leave City having won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups during his eight-year stay.
His departure will mean that Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero are the only members of City’s 2012 title-winning side remaining at the Etihad.