Man City are making strides – Yaya

Toure has become the focal point of City’s summer recruitment drive
after quitting the Nou Camp for the blue camp. With a
£24million transfer fee and wages estimated to be around
£200,000 a week, Toure is by no means cheap. But he comes to
England with a wealth of experience, and a Champions League
winner’s medal from his time in Catalonia. Yet there is also a
suspicion he has left Barca for a more sedate life, content to just
pick up his vast salary. It is a claim he wants to dismiss by
stressing his belief that City are on the up. “I don’t think this
is a step down,” said Toure, who was speaking at the launch of
City’s revolutionary online coaching school. “The Premier League is
amazing. It is stronger than La Liga. And Manchester City are
making great strides within it. “In future they will be a big club.
“Every team in every country is starting to talk about the club.
“They know we are signing good, important players and I want to do
my bit. “I don’t feel pressure. I do have a lot of experience and I
am determined to do my very best to make this club successful.”
Saturday’s clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane will represent
the end of a decade-long odyssey for the 27-year-old. Just like
brother Kolo, Arsene Wenger wanted Toure at Arsenal as a raw
teenager only for work permit problems to shunt the potential move
to north London into the sidings. Instead Toure headed for Belgium,
Ukraine, Greece and France before finally ending up at Barcelona,
where he quickly established himself as a forceful midfielder in a
similar mould to Patrick Vieira, whom he now has the chance to play
alongside. Sir Alex Ferguson expressed an interest, although,
according to Toure, he did not use the same personal touch he got
from City boss Roberto Mancini. “When you sign for any team, the
most important thing is the contact you have with the trainer,” he
claimed. “When they do something and they put pressure on in some
way to sign you, it is very important. “When you don’t talk with
the trainer, it is bad. “That is why I came to Manchester City. We
have a fantastic coach and we are signing good players. It will be
great here this year.” Revenge could come in one of this season’s
Manchester derbies, when City will look to make amends for three
last-gasp defeats to their old rivals. Before that, City must play
Tottenham, Liverpool and the rest – challenges Toure insists he is
relishing. “I love the Premier League,” he said. “I have always
wanted to play here. The biggest players play here. “People like
Steven Gerrard and my biggest friend Didier Drogba. “Physically it
is good. You have to be strong and I am thirsty to do well here.
“There are so many big teams – Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal,
Manchester United and the rest. “But City are here now and maybe
for United that is not so nice because we are making good progress.
“I really want to see how they do against us.”