Roberto Mancini: 'Yaya Toure is one of world's best players'

City's Yaya Toure celebrates after a goal against Chelsea on February 24, 2013
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits he is delighted that midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a new contract with the club.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes that midfielder Yaya Toure is capable of playing beyond his new five-year contract.

Toure extended his stay at the Etihad Stadium earlier this week, and Mancini has revealed that he regards the Ivory Coast star to be one of the world's best players.

The 48-year-old told reporters: "I am happy because for me, Yaya is one of the best players in the world, and we are happy that he will stay here for another five years.

"Yaya is a player who can play until 36 or 37 because he can play in many positions."

The former Barcelona player has scored 27 goals in 123 appearances for City since his arrival in 2010.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini gives instructions on the touchline during his side's match with Liverpool on February 3, 2013
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