‘I want to teach Pogba some things’ – Toure jokes about Man Utd move

Yaya Toure has joked that he would like to join Manchester United so that he can help Paul Pogba fulfil his potential.

The Ivorian midfielder has played his last game for Manchester City after an eight-year spell and is on the lookout for a new club this summer as the 35-year-old hopes to keep his playing career alive for at least another two years.

Although Toure admits he would not ditch City for their main rivals, he does like the idea of going there to whip Pogba into shape after the criticism the Frenchman has faced.

“It’s difficult because of the way the media has treated [Pogba]. We don’t have the same characteristics because for me I was involved in all the ball, I ran everywhere,” he told   Manchester Evening News

“I liked that. I was prepared for that. I was working for that for a long time. When I was in the academy in Africa I had to run everywhere, get box to box in 50 seconds. It’s something I’ve been loving to do.

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“Pogba is the same size, power – but different in the way he wants to go. Technically and in the ability to score goals as well. It’s a player I want to play with, to be honest, just to teach him some things.

“Pogba is a great player. He’s a fantastic player. He’s a little bit young at the moment.

“Criticism is a part of life. If they criticise you it’s because they want you to be good or be better. I’ve been criticised and I love to be criticised. I like it. I don’t mind if people talk about me – it’s good. It means I have to achieve, I have to be better.

“Even if you continue to be at the peak of your game, sometimes they are going to find something to tell you. It’s part of life. We have to deal with that.”

After spells with Monaco, Barcelona and City, the midfielder is used to playing at a high level, and he hopes to find a positive environment for next term .

“I don’t rule big teams out. The big teams are very important for me. What they want to achieve, the way they want to go, for me is very important,” he added.

“I want to go somewhere I can win and achieve.

“It’s going to be hard one day to play against City, but I have to do that. It is part of my job.

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“I’ve been playing football for such a long time, I’m no good in the office or something else. I am good in football.

“To see myself at a different club is going to be difficult. I have been such a big part of City for such a long time now. I just want to say that definitely I will continue to play at a high level – Champions League or Europa League.

“I want to play two more years. They have to be in the higher level and then I can do something else.”


Yaya Toure sends ‘final message’ to Manchester City fans

Yaya Toure has sent a ‘final message’ of gratitude to Manchester City fans as he departs the club.

The Cote d’Ivoire international ended his eight-year stay at the Etihad Stadium outfit after leading City past Bridgton and Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium last week Wednesday.

The midfielder joined the Citizens from Barcelona in the summer of 2010 and was instrumental in the positioning of the club as one to reckon with in Europe.

Toure featured in 230 English Premier League games, scoring 59 times. He helped them to three Premier League titles, two League Cups, one FA Cup and Community Shield.

The 35-year-old also scooped the African Player of the Year four times in a row [2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014] while at the club.

And the former Monaco player has applauded the City faithful for their support for him and his family during his time at the club.

“This is Toure Yaya, this is my personal message to you for all your support and all the things you‘ve been doing for me most especially for me and my family,” Toure said via his Twitter page.

“I want you to understand that you made me who I am. It is only in City I achieved a lot of personal trophies like four times best African player in a roll, won trophies, week in week out playing games and was free of injuries.

“You ‘ve always been behind me pushing me on to be able to be the best and today I want to say thank you and I appreciate all the time we ‘ve been together.

“To be honest this is the first time in my whole career I will be staying with a club for more than eight years. The love I have shared with you has been immense and incredible and I was thinking it will never end but now it has ended.

“You have to understand that you will always stay in my heart and maybe one time I will be very happy to come back.

“I think the thing my family and other persons close to me saying is the legacy I have left.

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“What I have been thinking for this club and thinking for you is what is happening now and I want to say thank you and I hope you will continue to support this club and be the greatest fans I have.”


Guardiola unsure on Aguero’s Man City future

Pep Guardiola says he believes Sergio Aguero will stay at Manchester City this summer, but did point out that he cannot be sure that he will.

It has emerged that Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on Aguero and are willing to re-sign him as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann, who looks set to join Barcelona ahead of next season.

At the end of last season, Guardiola insisted, as a matter of fact, that the Argentine would not be leaving the club despite speculation to the contrary.

Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League finale against Southampton, however, he could not be as certain, and once again stressed that it is Aguero who will decide when he leaves.

“I think it’s not going to happen,” the Catalan said. “My desire, I think it’s not going to happen. But I don’t know.”

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He then added: “I said, maybe 1000 times, [he’ll stay] until he decides his time here is over. That’s why I say it [the transfer] is not going to happen, but in football you never know.”

“I said it last season and this season many times and I say it today. That’s why I say it isn’t going to happen, but in football you never know.”

Goal has previously reported, via sources close to Aguero, that the striker is annoyed when Guardiola makes statements such as those on Friday.

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According to those sources, while Guardiola says it is Aguero who will decide when he leaves, the reality is that he would be happy to sanction a sale.

Sources close to Guardiola, however, stress that he has been delighted with the 29-year-old’s progress this season, particularly in recent months, and that he wants him to stay at City.

The relationship between the two has been complicated, albeit increasingly functional, ever since Guardiola arrived at City in 2016, and any potential exit this summer is likely to provoke something of a blame game, with club and player likely to claim the other is responsible for the transfer.


Toure wants to stay in Premier League

Manchester City great Yaya Toure confirmed he wanted to extend his career in the Premier League amid talk he could leave England following the season. 

Toure, 34, will leave City at the end of the season after eight campaigns – including three Premier League titles and an FA Cup success – at the club.

But instead of opting for a lucrative deal abroad, the 101-time Ivory Coast international said his preference was to stay in England.

“Of course, I want to stay in England,” Toure told UK newspapers.

“I have maybe one or two years more to play. To go to China or Abu Dhabi, it looks for myself to get more money.

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“Of course, people are going to be happy to get more money, but that’s not my point of view.”

Toure confirmed there had been interest from other clubs, but he needed time to consider his options.

“I will have to take time, thinking as always to choose the right one,” he said.

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“Definitely there have been other clubs but I have to compare all the situations and if it’s good for me or not.”

However, Toure has also said he would love a return to one of his former clubs in Barcelona, where he won La Liga and the Champions League. 

He also hinted at a possible reunion, or at least an opportunity to go head-to-head, with ex team-mate Andres Iniesta in Asia. 


Yaya Toure would jump at the chance to make Barcelona return

Yaya Toure would welcome the opportunity to head back to Barcelona if those at Camp Nou made a move to snap him up as a free agent once his Manchester City contract ends.

The 34-year-old is readying himself for a fresh start after eight years in England, with the Ivorian midfielder being allowed to move on by the newly crowned Premier League champions.

Various options are said to be open to Toure, with it possible that he could snub interest from America and China in order to remain in the English top flight.

He has, however, suggested that a move to Spain would appeal, with a man sold by Barca for £24 million ($33m) in 2010 admitting to missing life in La Liga.

“I would head back to Barcelona,” Toure told El Larguero after taking in a final home game for City against Brighton on Wednesday.

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“If Barcelona calls me, I will go for sure, they are the best team.

“I miss [Lionel] Messi and [Andres] Iniesta. Barcelona have been the most important team of my life. They have given me humility, experience and the knowledge of how to behave on the field.”

Iniesta will not be at Camp Nou next season, with the World Cup winner having announced his own exit plans, but Toure has also hinted that they could be reunited in Asia.

He added on an iconic playmaker: “He is a formidable person. I need to send him a message to see if we will see each other in China or wherever.”

For now, Toure has one more game to take in with City before packing his backs at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side are due to face Southampton on the final day of the season, with the record-breaking outfit looking to become the first to reach 100 points in Premier League competition.

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Toure is already assured of his own place in the history books and is excited to be planning for a new chapter while he still has a couple of years of competitive football left in him.

“Going through the door with history is important,” he added.

“I will see what happens next year because I want to enjoy another year or two. That’s the best for me.”