Even now there is uncertainty over whether he will remain at Manchester City next season.
"Football is the greatest game in the world, don't get me wrong," he told The Times. "I love playing it, but I'm not in love with it. Playing on a Saturday, there is no better feeling. But in football clubs you now have this survival mode. It's too much.
"For every individual, players or kitchen staff, it's all about survival, staying in your job. If someone says jump, people jump. There are individuals who will shake your hand one minute and as soon as you're out of favour the next, they won't look at you. Loyalty? In a football club? You'll never see any such thing. It's people interested in looking after themselves. I find it very tough to be around."