Jose Mourinho won’t be entertaining a move for Manchester City outcast Yaya Toure despite having a “huge admiration” for the player.
The Ivory Coast powerhouse is out in the cold and out of contract next summer at the Etihad stadium.
Toure is free to speak to interested clubs in January and outspoken agent Dimitri Seluk has stated his 33-year-old client wants to remain in the Premier League.
Manchester United and Chelsea are both names which have quickly been floated as potential destinations, due to their capacity to hand Toure one final big pay day.
Mourinho previously stated his high regard for the player back in 2012, when in charge at Real Madrid and faced-off against the Citizens in the Champions League.
The Red Devils also showed their eye for a bargain this summer by signing 34-year-old striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer and handing him wages of £300,000 a week.
United insiders, however, have stated Toure won’t be crossing the Manchester divide “anytime soon” and that Mourinho believes he already has the younger version of the player in £89m starlet Paul Pogba.