Kolo Toure turns down 'lower league' Trabzonspor to stay at Liverpool

The defender's contract at Liverpool expires next summer

Kolo Toure has confirmed that he has turned down Trabzonspor to stay at Liverpool this season.

The defender was subject to interest from the Turkish top-flight side this summer, with reports yesterday suggested that a fee had been agreed.

The Ivorian, who has won the Premier League with both Arsenal and Manchester City, moved today to state that he has no intention of leaving Anfield for a team from a "lower league". His contract with the Merseyside club expires next summer.

"I am still at Liverpool. I had talks with the coach who clearly indicated that I was part of his plans. It is a privilege to be at Liverpool. I am very happy to wear the shirt of this legendary club,” Kolo told Sport Ivoire.

"I feel good physically. At 33 years of age, I am ready for any challenge. It is because I have been spared from serious injuries during my career. I continue to work hard in training to keep up the momentum, and it is why the coach wants to keep me at Liverpool.


"Trabzonspor are interested in me, but I have expressed my pleasure at being a Liverpool player.

"Yes, it is always a possibility to join a lower league for more playing time, but I am a competitor and I decided to stay at Liverpool. However, the situation can change at any time, but for the moment I am at Liverpool and I want to carry on with the club."

Toure arrived at Anfield last summer after being released by City, but played just 24 matches in all competitions.