Sunday, February 12, 2017


The former Ivory Coast midfielder spoke of his
delight at lifting trophies for City and insists
he's not finished just yet
Yaya Toure says that he joined Manchester
City so he could help them become more like
their rivals Manchester United.
The 33-year-old, who signed for the club in
2010, has played an integral role in City’s rise,
helping them to their first ever Premier League
titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups.
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And Toure insists it was the club’s ambitious
vision to replicate the success of their
neighbours that first attracted him to sign.
“My time here has been great,” the Ivorian
told the official club website. “My mentality
has always been the same. I always enjoy it.
“The plan of this club in the beginning was to
try to get players to win, to change the club
into a winning machine like Manchester United
or Barcelona.
“That’s what made me decide to come here
because what the club was trying to do was
bring in big players - winning players.”
City are currently fifth in the Premier League
and while a third title may be out of sight,
Toure believes his side can still lift silverware
at the end of the term.
The former Barcelona midfielder said: "We’re
looking forward. We still have competitions
coming - the Champions League, the FA Cup -
and we’re going to try to do our best for
those guys who come to watch and enjoy
“My mentality is always like that. I try, at the
end of the season, to lift a trophy - it’s one of
the most beautiful things that can happen to
The start of the season proved difficult for
Toure after he was omitted for the best part
of three months but the midfielder has
recovered well from the set-back and has
gone on to play a pivotal part in City’s
season, particularly in recent weeks.
He has thrived operating in a deeper role than
he has done for much of his time at the
Etihad Stadium – a position he became
familiar with at Barcelona.
It is clear Toure does not mind where he
plays though – even insisting he would take
the goalkeeper’s gloves, if required!
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“I played for Barcelona four of five years ago
in a deeper position so I know what to do,” he
“I’ve been able to play in defence, in midfield,
as a striker. If the manager asked me to play
as a goalkeeper I’m capable of that too!
“I just try to enjoy the game and try to give
my experience to the young players.

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