Yaya Toure saddened by Kolo´s City departure
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has admitted his disappointment that brother Kolo is set to leave the club at the end of the season.
The defender moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2009 in a 16 million pound deal from Arsenal, but will not have his contract extended in the summer and has been told he is free to find a new club.
Yaya stated the opportunity to play in the same team as his brother was one of the reasons he joined the club from La Liga champions Barcelona in 2010.
“When you come to a big club you need to have some guys helping and looking out for you and Kolo was an important factor in me coming here,” he said.
“I have really enjoyed my football in England and I want to continue that as much as possible.
“It is sad that Kolo is leaving. But in life you cannot be happy all the time. Kolo is a great man, a great personality and my big brother. He was always giving me good and important advice and he has told me not to worry – everything will be fine.”
Toure, who signed a new four-year contract in April, is hoping to extend his own personal form at Wembley in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Wigan, after scoring the winning goals in the semi-final and final of the 2011 competition against Manchester United and Stoke City respectively.
But he had a stern warning for the team not to underestimate a relegation-threatened Wigan side.
“It is going to be difficult because we cannot think Wigan will let the trophy go just because of the situation they are in now in the Premier League,” he added.
“We let the title go, so this is a very important occasion for us. It is very important to keep winning trophies. That is why I signed a new contract.”
Fri 10 May, 2013