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Premiership on alert as Toure considers Barcelona future

Man Utd and Arsenal are watching carefully after Yaya Toure revealed he is considering his Barcelona future after being left on the bench yet again. After penning a new deal in the summer to ward off interest from other clubs the Ivory Coast midfielder thought that it was a sign he was a regular first team player, but this season has only started four games.

"My situation is astonishing. I have to take a personal decision about all this," he told France Football after the win against Madrid.

"When a new contract is give to a player, particularly at a club like this, it makes no sense to then leave him on the bench all the time.

"I think that at my age a player is at his peak in physical and ability terms, but I do not have the chance to play at the moment.

"This situation is damaging. I am not a thirtysomething, I am still young.

"I need more minutes because I am not playing enough. But the coach is the one that has to decide if I play or not."

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