Yaya Toure was heavily linked with a number of Premier League clubs, but his wage demands were reportedly too high. One coach has now explained why his club decided not to sign the African star.
The 35-year-old left Manchester City in June after his contract with the Premier League giants had expired.
In the beginning of the transfer window, Toure was linked with the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton and West Ham United, while Crystal Palace were the latest English top-flight club suggested to be interested in the African.
However, the four-time CAF Footballer of the Year reportedly asked for wages of about £100 000 (R1.9 million), which has ended many clubs' interest in him.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, who worked with Toure successfully during his spell in City's hot seat, has now explained why his club will not sign the midfielder.
"Yaya is a very good player. In his position, at the moment, we have very good players," he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"He will always be a good player in any team, but right now our squad is ready."
Toure made 132 appearances under Pellegrini at City, scoring 44 goals and assisting another 20 strikes in the process, and they won three titles together at Etihad Stadium too.
The African remains without a club, but could still find himself a new Premier League side because free agents are allowed to be registered even after the transfer window is closed.
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