Just when critics wondered how City
would react to United’s inevitable recovery, along came three squiggles of
Yaya Touré’s borrowed pen on two pages of a new four-year contract at
11.39am on Thursday at Carrington.
Ambition has never left the building. It is there in writing.
City’s transformation on and off a pitch that Touré graces with such dynamism
is a cash-intensive, time-consuming undertaking by Abu Dhabi.
In an impatient world, a disappointing few months for an expensive team
precipitates sceptical, occasionally apocalyptical headlines.
That is why Touré’s show of commitment to the club until 2017 transmits a
welcome message of permanence, of exceptional quality staying associated
with City long-term.