Toure snubs ManU for family

2010-07-24 20:59

Manchester - Manchester City's new signing Yaya Toure claims he rejected an offer from Manchester United because he wanted to hold out for the chance to play alongside his brother Kolo.

Toure ignored United's attempt to sign him last year and opted to spend one more year at Barcelona in the hope that City would make a bid to take him to Eastlands, where Kolo Toure had just moved from Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast midfielder got his wish earlier this month as City agreed a £25 million deal with Barca that will see Toure earn around £85 00 a week - making him the highest paid player in the Premier League.

Yet Toure is adamant it was the opportunity to link up with his brother and not the cash that persuaded him to quit the Nou Camp for City, who failed to qualify for the Champions League last season.

"Last year Manchester United were interested in signing me. When I was talking about renewing my contract, United asked if I wanted to sign for them," Toure said.

"United are a big club, one of the biggest in the world, but I chose City because they have not won anything for a long time. It's a very nice feeling to come in and see everything changing.

"It's an interesting challenge for me and I hope everything goes well. I saw a lot of things written about why I left but, for me, I wanted to play with my brother.

"That was very important for me. Now I've signed for City I'm very happy. Now my brother and I want to make great things happen at this club and I'm sure we'll do it.

"My motivation is to do great things with City, to finish second or third maybe, to get into the Champions League."


  • AL - 2010-07-26 09:05

    "I chose City because they have not won anything for a long time" - make that, WILL not win anything for a long time!! Biggest mistake of your life.

  • Gavin - 2010-07-26 09:52

    So right AL what a bone head. Just to play with ur brother, ha ha . No one turns down the devils

  • MANUTD TILL I DIE - 2010-07-26 10:51

    so choose to go to city to join your brother, so you have no aspirations of winning any trophies. i understand you want to be a looser, although you will be a rich looser. the truth is i dont think the devils would pay you that salary anyway.

  • Thami, Kempton Park - 2010-07-26 12:24

    I like Yaya Toure and I hope he is happy at the Citeh. But, what kind of reasoning is this; I chose City so I can play with my brother??? Come on Yaya. I trust that you can do better than that. How about the footballing reasons?? Even Joe Cole joined Liverpool and said it is for football reasons. Chamakh said he joined Arsenal because he loved the way they play... I mean say something, anything, but not what you said!! And how much is he going to earn?? Surely this is a typo! Even Benni earns 30 000 more than than figure! Even if the amount is meant to be 85 000 pounds that will not make him the highest paid player in the Premier League. Ask Chelsea how much they pay for John Terry; Ask Arsenal how much they pay for Fabregas, ask Liverpool how much they pay for Stevie G... and so on!

  • GUNNERS4LIFE - 2010-07-26 12:27


  • REALITY - 2010-07-26 12:37

    It has started again, all the crap comments from AL and MANUTD TILL I DIE. City will chew and spit out Man U this season. Even Relying on golden oldies and the support of Refs will result in no silverware boetas if you guys keep playing those useless english players....The City of Manchester will be BLUE this season.

  • @REALITY - 2010-07-26 14:36

    there is only one football club in manchester and that is the red devils, you guys bought yaya toure and you think now you can win the league, what a joke you are. Also you guys only buy players that manutd are linked with and offer them more money. money cannot buy you class history and trophies.

  • Ryan - 2010-07-26 15:02

    He was reportedly on around 50k a week with Barca and if he was so good why did they let him go ? The city of Manchester will be blue this season for sure cos Man City will be feeling the Blues - again .

  • Simonm - 2010-07-27 14:52

    Stupid comments comes from Lack of information and ignorance - Sport24 commentators are very stupid... can somebody please tell me where is that sense of intelligence, before say something!!

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