Yaya Toure to appear in court on drink-driving charge

The Manchester City midfielder was pulled over by police in London earlier this week and will appear at a court in Essex later this month

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure will appear in court later this month after being charged with drink driving.

Toure was pulled over by police in Dagenham, east London, at around 23:00 UK time on November 29, three days after City’s 2-1 victory at Burnley in the Premier League.

Toure was arrested after being breathalysed at the side of the road.

He was then breathalysed once again after being taken to a local station.

The Met released a statement on Saturday afternoon confirming the details of the incident:

“Yaya Toure, 33, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, was charged on Tuesday November 29 with a driving offence, namely driving a motor vehicle with an alcohol level above the legal limit.

“He will appear on bail at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 13. The charge follows a stop of a car in Dagenham at around 11pm on Monday, November 28.”

Toure has only recently returned to City’s starting line-up after being frozen out of the squad for nearly three months following comments made by his controversial agent, Dmitri Seluk.

The Ivorian was introduced as a late substitute on Saturday as City lost 3-1 to Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City have declined to comment.

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Joe Hart believes Yaya Toure could make the difference in Manchester City’s Premier League title bid after working his way back into Pep Guardiola’s plans.

Toure found himself frozen out of the first team after a public row between Guardiola and the player’s agent Dimitri Seluk, but returned to score twice in City’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

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Though Hart was not offered a similar opportunity to earn a place in Guardiola’s plans and shipped to Torino on a season-long loan, he remains enthused by Toure’s redemption.

“It’s great for him,” Hart told Omnisport.

“It’s been a situation that’s been played out pretty much worldwide, but it looks like he’s stayed focused and he’s come back into the team and he’s been important.

“Yaya’s a special player. I played with him for years, he’s got the ability to win you matches and win you leagues.

“Whatever’s going on behind the scenes looks like it’s sorted and he can get on with playing his football.”

Hart admitted that Claudio Bravo’s arrival put him on notice that his City career could be coming to an end, but he is happy with how the move to Italy has worked out.

Asked when he became aware he would have to leave City, Hart explained: “Probably at the start of the Premier League season. I was aware of it, that it was a strong possibility, but it was confirmed towards the end of August.

“It didn’t leave me much time but I managed to find a solution and here I am.”

He added: “I’m never going to tell anyone what to do but if you want to speak about my experience I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done.

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“It’s certainly new. It’s interesting.

“You get to meet some great people you realise that football doesn’t solely revolve around what’s going on in England, there’s plenty of support and love and interest and I’m really enjoying what I’m doing so if anyone asks me if I’m enjoying I’d say very much so.”

Yaya Toure: Manchester United still in title race

The Ivorian midfielder, who has returned to the fold at the Etihad after a prolonged absence, insists that his side’s city rivals can still win the Premier League

Manchester United are still one of six teams in the race to win the Premier League, according to Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

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City are level on points with Liverpool, and one adrift of leaders Chelsea in a tightly contested field after 13 games.

But Toure will not rule out the teams behind his side, including Arsenal, Tottenham and even Jose Mourinho’s United, who are 11 points behind Chelsea.

“To be honest it’s Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United,” Toure told reporters when asked who City’s title rivals were.

“The league this year is unpredictable and it’s going to be decided in the last two or three months this year.”

City are at home to Chelsea in a huge league clash on Saturday and Toure is in no doubt his side are at a disadvantage due to Antonio Conte’s side not being involved in European competition.

The 33-year-old added: “When you are a top player and you only play once a week – like the Chelsea players, they only play once a week – it’s easier to play well, it’s easier to recover well and easier to take full advantage. 

“It’s going to be a tough game on Saturday, that’s for sure. They definitely have an advantage.

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“It’s difficult to play midweek and then the weekend after. Sometimes with the European schedule we play on a Wednesday, like this week, and then a Saturday.

“It’s sometimes tough to be focused and in these kind of games, you have to prepare well to compete.”

Toure sets sights on Champions League return after convincing Guardiola

The Ivorian midfielder says the reason he stayed at Manchester City was to help his team-mates and insists he has not given up on a return to their European squad

Yaya Toure has set his sights on a return to Manchester City’s Champions League squad after playing his way back into Pep Guardiola’s plans.

Toure has played 90 minutes in each of City’s last two Premier League matches after apologising to Guardiola for comments made by his agent and working so hard in training that he has lost eight kilograms in weight since the start of the season.

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Guardiola dropped Toure from his European squad at the end of August but has admitted that he will consider reinstating the Ivorian for City’s knockout campaign next year.

After helping City win 2-1 at Burnley on Saturday, Toure admitted a recall was on his mind and claimed he decided not to find a new club in the summer because of his belief he could prove his worth.

“Yes of course,” he said when asked if he has thought about a Champions League place. “Of course. That’s why I stayed at City. The most important thing is to help the team, and to also help the manager, who is very, very intelligent, very strong tactically.

“I think when the team gets all of his ideas we are going to be a great team.”

Toure was also keen to stress that his work rate will not drop now he has made his return having missed out on the best part of four months of action.

The midfielder did not want to go into too much detail when asked how much he has had to change his game to win over Guardiola but does seem to believe he can now offer the City boss what he wants.

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“The most important thing is to help the team,” he added.

“You know that this league is very difficult physically and mentally, and I think that at any time the manager may need me there to help, because of the experience that I have and that I know what the manager wants.”

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Fernandinho felt Manchester City showed title-winning spirit in coming from behind to beat Burnley 2-1, believing his side have the stuff of champions.

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City won on the road for the sixth time in seven away Premier League games this season despite Dean Marney opening the scoring with an excellent 14th-minute volley.

Pep Guardiola’s side lacked the intensity and fluency that marks their best work and were indebted to Aguero’s poaching instincts.

The Argentina international levelled when Burnley failed to deal with a corner before the break and was the beneficiary of another penalty-box scramble with an hour played, turning home Fernandinho’s cutback.

But City’s captain saw plenty of positives from the way the team battled to a win, telling BT Sport: “We analysed Burnley before the game and saw they play for second balls and they scored their goal like that.

“Fortunately we turned it around to score two goals and win.

“I think that is the spirit we need. If you want to be a champion you have to play games like this. Fortunately we calmed down after the first half.”

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Fernandinho was once again named alongside his old midfield partner Yaya Toure, who retained his place in City’s Premier League line-up having returned to hit a brace in last weekend’s 2-1 triumph at Crystal Palace.

With a stand-off between his agent Dimitri Seluk and Guardiola now apparently consigned to history, Toure is enjoying an unlikely reprise to his City career that has gone down well at home.

“It was a hard physical game and I think we responded very well. We are happy for the three points again,” the Ivorian said.

“I am very delighted to play. I always want to play and always want to help my team-mates. Like my wife said, I am looking much younger.”