Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has taken after his manager Roberto Mancini, and commited his future to the club long-term today.
Mancini signed a five-year deal at the Etihad on Monday, ending speculation linking him with the Russian national team's managerial vacancy. The commitment he has shown to his team seems to have inspired the players around him, with Toure signing a five-year deal of his own.
The Ivorian international was also subject to a number of transfer rumours this summer, with some even suggesting that he was weighing a return to his former club, Barcelona. However, Toure has dismissed all the talk surrounding him, and says he wants to help bring more success to the current Premier League champions.
"I was very happy to hear the news that our manager has signed a new five-year deal," 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.
"On a personal level, 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 and so do I. Of course, it's not only me - we have a whole squad who are hungry for more success and we are pulling in the same direction."
Toure featured prominently in Mancini's side last season, scoring nine goals in 42 appearances.