Tuesday 23 January 2018

Yaya Toure to quit Man City: I want a new challenge

Manchester City's Yaya Toure
Manchester City's Yaya Toure
Independent Newsdesk

Independent Newsdesk

Yaya Toure's career at Manchester City looks set to finish at the end of the season after the midfielder admitted he was looking for a “new challenge”.

Toure has come in for sustained criticism over the latter part of the season and while the 31-year-old admitted he may still stay in England, he described PSG as "a great club".

Long linked with a move back to Inter Milan to link up with former City boss, Roberto Mancini,  Toure, in an interview with Football Mercato, said that money was not a motivating factor for his decision.

“Since I started playing football, I had a dream as a little boy. Today, I am living the dream of thousands of little boys. I represent my continent, Africa, and that has no price. No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me,” he told Foot Mercato

“It would be unjust on my part. There comes a moment where numbers don’t stop us, it goes beyond that, even if the English press seem more interested in the numbers than the sport itself. For the future, I don’t know more than you do, because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature.”

When it came to PSG's interest, the 31-year-old midfielder said:  “In the past I have given my opinion on PSG, which went on to inspire a lot of your journalist colleagues,” he said. “PSG is a great club who, I think, is not finished growing and also a big club where any great player can find a place for themselves and make a contribution.”

Touré admitted that criticism for his performances this season has been tough.

“When things are not necessarily going well in a club, the key players take the fall,” he said.

“I am not the only one to have been attacked even if there is tendency to be harsher with me … Football is my passion, my job and that gives me two good reasons to do as well as I can. I accept criticism if it helps me to improve and I ignore them when their aim is simply to break me."

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