Monday 26 June 2017

Yaya Toure's Man United/City confusion is even funnier when you remember his family connection

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It has been a tough week for Yaya Toure, as the Manchester City legend plods towards the end of what will likely be his final campaign at the Ethiad.

The Ivory Coast midfielder gave an extremely low-key performance against Real Madrid that proved very ineffective as City exited the Champions League during the week and comments surfaced afterwards that drew an equally bemused response from City fans.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Toure admitted that when he initially heard a Manchester club wanted to bring him to the Premier League from Barcelona back in 2010, he presumed it was the team in red.

"When I was at Barcelona and initially approached by Manchester City I thought it was Manchester United that wanted me," he said.

"My agent had to tell me it was the team in the blue shirts.

"At the time Manchester United were putting Manchester City in the shadows. It was unbelievable. Manchester United is a big club and I respect that club a lot."

While Toure doesn't say that he had never heard of Man City, his remark that his agent 'had to tell me it was the team in the blue shirts' indicates that he certainly didn't know a whole lot about the club.

Toure's comments are even funnier with the added context that his brother Kolo played for the team at the time. The duo played alongside each for three seasons at City, presumably after which Yaya was much more well versed in the differences between the two Manchester rivals than he was at Barcelona.

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