Manchester City star Yaya Toure was sidelined in the beginning of the season
The Ivory Coast midfielder, who is out of contract, will be offered a one-year extension and Al-Mubarak hopes he will decide to remain at the Etihad Stadium.
It is a remarkable change in fortunes for Toure, who was exiled form Pep Guardiola’s squad at the start of the season because of his lack of fitness and derogatory remarks made towards Guardiola and City’s hierarchy by his agent Dimitri Seluk.
But following an apology and work on his fitness, Toure returned to the squad in the autumn and was a regular in Guardiola’s team in the second half of the season.
Now Al Mubarak hopes the 34-year-old will extend his seven-season spell with City despite Guardiola’s strategy of steadily lowering the age profile of his squad.
“Yaya has shown us this year again and again how he can contribute to this team.” said Al-Mubarak. “Yaya is one of the players that over the last six years has been instrumental to the success of this club.
“This year has been another year in which he has shown us on the pitch the type of player he is, the type of personality he is, and how he continues to be a player who can give to the team and to our organisation.
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Yaya has shown us this year again and again how he can contribute to this team
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak
“Pep, as you have seen obviously this year, has a lot of trust and confidence in him. So Yaya I hope will be with us and continue his journey with us.”
In his end of season review, Al-Mubarak believes it is “ridiculous” that another midfielder, David Silva, is always over-looked when it comes to the individual player awards, despite the quality and consistency he has displayed since joining Manchester City from Valencia in 2010.
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He added: “David Silva is one of the most talented players in the world and it truly baffles me. How he could be so underrated in the UK is an enigma to me.
“He is well respected everywhere in the world but somehow always misses out on the big awards in the UK. It’s ridiculous frankly.”