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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Yaya Toure’s highs and lows at Manchester City

The former Ivory Coast international made his final appearance for the club against Brighton.

Yaya Toure has been one of Manchester City's most influential players
Yaya Toure has been one of Manchester City's most influential players

By Andy Hampson, Press Association Sport

Yaya Toure said farewell to the Manchester City fans as he made his final home appearance for the club in Wednesday’s clash with Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some highs and lows during his eight years at the club.

High: Winning 2011 FA Cup

Toure steered City to FA Cup glory in 2011

Toure was outstanding as City announced their arrival on the big stage by ending a 35-year trophy drought with FA Cup success. The Ivorian played match-winning roles in both the semi-final and final, revelling at Wembley to score the decisive goals in 1-0 victories over Manchester United and Stoke.

High: 2012 title success

Toure's performance at Newcastle put City in sight of title glory in 2012

Toure shone in the 2012 title run-in as City, having lost the initiative to United, wrestled it back from their control. He delivered a dominant display as City beat United on a tense night at the Etihad Stadium in April and then scored two in the penultimate game at Newcastle to put his side on the brink of glory.

High: 2014 title success

Toure scored 20 goals in the 2013-14 title success

Performing at his rampaging best, Toure was the driving force behind City’s second Premier League title win. He top-scored for the club with 20 goals in the campaign and delivered when it mattered. He produced a match-winning display at Crystal Palace as City seized the initiative from Liverpool on a dramatic April day and then scored an outstanding goal in a 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the penultimate game.

Low: Birthday cake row

Toure's title celebrations in 2014 were quickly followed by an odd row about cake

City’s title celebrations in 2014 quickly turned sour for Toure as he became involved in a bizarre row about a birthday cake. It blew up after his outspoken agent, Dmitry Seluk, claimed Toure was under-appreciated at the club. Among his complaints were a lack of acknowledgement of the player’s 31st birthday.

Low: Frozen out by Guardiola

Toure had a spell frozen out of the side after Guardiola took charge

Toure’s future was thrown into doubt after the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager in 2016. The Spaniard had been in charge at Barcelona when Toure was allowed to leave the Nou Camp. Guardiola initially left Toure out on fitness grounds and then froze him out completely after a row with Seluk. The issue was eventually resolved, with Toure performing well enough in the second half of 2016-17 to earn a new one-year deal.

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