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Toure snubbed United

(GSM) – Manchester City’s new signing Yaya Toure claims he snubbed an offer to sign for Manchester United in favor of joining his brother at Manchester City.

The £24million signing claims his decision to move to Eastlands from the Nou Camp was built on footballing reasons.

“Last year Manchester United were interested in signing me,” said Toure

“When I was talking about renewing my contract, United asked if I wanted to sign for them. In football, you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.

“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.

The former Barcelona midfielder is happy to have joined his brother Kolo at City in what he considers is an “interesting challenge”.

“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.”

Sat 24 July, 2010
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