Kolo Toure says Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is among the world’s top players in his position and still has a big role to play for Pep Guardiola’s side, despite his age.
The elder Toure, who is still a free agent after being released by Celtic at the end of last season, said of younger brother Yaya: “He’s always been one of the best midfielders in the world. I was saying that when he was playing in Ukraine, but nobody was listening to me!
“I think he can still play a really key role in this Man City team. At passing, he’s one of the best in the world. He can break lines, start attacks from the back.
“If there’s a runner around him who can fight for the ball and give him the ball, Yaya can just be the maestro from the back.”
Toure added that former Man City team-mate Sergio Aguero is still undoubtedly a top striker, but said that the Argentine was used to being the main man until Gabriel Jesus’ arrival last season, and he would have to adapt to needing to compete for his place.
The Ivorian defender also had words of sympathy for former manager Arsene Wenger after Arsenal’s poor start to the season, saying there is bound to be pressure at a club of Arsenal’s stature, especially with such a long drought in terms of league titles.
“When you’re a manager of a club like Arsenal and you don’t win the league trophy for such a long time, you will always have pressure,” the former Gunners defender said.
“Wenger has experience. He wants the best for the club, that’s all I know.
“When things start going wrong, that makes it really difficult for him. The players can feel that as well. If anything happens, they know it’s going to be a big problem the next day, and that’s quite difficult.
“But Mr. Wenger is very strong mentally, he will do the best he can. He loves the club.”
Bernardo Silva has revealed former Manchester United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani convinced him to join Manchester City in the summer.
The Portugal playmaker joined from Monaco in a £43million deal as the 23-year-old headed up Pep Guardiola’s summer splurge.
And Silva admitted his two team-mates at international level played their parts in sealing the move.
“When I was with Portugal at the Confederations Cup and about to sign, I asked Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani about the city. They told me how much they enjoyed it here,” he told Four Four Two.
“They said that all of the people were great and that it’s a real football city. The Premier League, too – a competitive league with full stadiums each week and everyone watching. They both said it would be a great move.”
Silva made the switch to City after helping Monaco capture their first Ligue 1 title since 2000. City’s last Premier League triumph came in 2014 and Silva is hoping he can guide the club to another domestic success after doing so with the Principality club.
“The Champions League is more difficult to win,” he added. “Of course, the Premier League isn’t easy to win, but the Champions League has all of the best teams in Europe, so it’s as good as it gets. Manchester City have never won it either, so I want to make history.
“We have a lot of young players with a lot of quality. Throw in some experience as well and we’ve got a team who can compete on all fronts. The Premier League title is a big goal for the club this season, but the Champions League is huge. When you’re at a club like City, you have to fight to win every competition.”
Kylian Mbappe revealed a change of heart prompted him to join Paris St Germain from French champions Monaco in a deal poised to become the second most expensive transfer in history.
The 18-year-old France striker said at the end of last season he had decided to stay with Monaco, but confessed on Wednesday that “certain events happened which made me change my mind”.
Mbappe completed a move to PSG last Thursday on an initial season-long loan as part on agreement which includes an option to buy the teenager for €180million.
“I discussed it in depth with my family and I took the decision to join PSG,” said Mbappe, who comes from the Paris suburbs.
He insisted he had not fallen out with the Monaco ownership and praised the club’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev, but told reporters: “There were some things that happened that I will talk about, you’ll hear soon.”
Mbappe, speaking as he was officially unveiled at the Parc des Princes, said it had been vital for him to stay in France despite strong interest from Real Madrid.
“It’s a great pleasure to join this club, it’s one of the best in the world,” said Mbappe. “It’s extremely ambitious and wants to become the best.
“It’s putting everything in place to make that goal more than possible and that’s important to me.
“It was also important to not leave France after just six months playing at the top level, and it was important to return to the city where I was born and where I grew up.”
Mbappe’s arrival in the capital follows the world-record signing of Neymar from Barcelona, and the Frenchman is eager to continue his development alongside a highly accomplished cast of players.
“I come into the dressing room with the smallest prize list. These are players who for the most part have won everything already, it’s going to be a rewarding experience. I have a lot to learn and a lot to prove.”
After splashing out €222million for Neymar, PSG concluded a complicated deal for Mbappe which prompted UEFA to announce a day later that it was looking into whether the club had broken financial fair play rules.
But for Mbappe, whose transfer fee could rise to €180million with add-ons, the eye-catching figures are far from his concern.
“For me, the price is what it is, it’s not going to change my way of playing and it’s not something that’s going to worry me,” he said.
“On the contrary, I think playing with these players is going to free me.”
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