Yaya wants to finish career at the Etihad Stadium
- Tue 06 Nov 2012, 8:09AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
African Player of the Year nominee quashes any notion he’s about to follow in Didier Drogba’s footsteps with a move to China any time soon.
Speaking on the eve of City’s must-win Champions League clash with Ajax, Toure delivered this timely boost in an interview with French publication L’Equipe, revealing that the supporters have made it difficult to consider playing football anywhere other than the Etihad Stadium.
"In life, there is not only money. It's good for family, parents ... But it doesn't give you everything. I've had a good wage since my arrival at City", he said.
"I can make the history of City. I'm sure that when I am older, people will continue to talk about me here.
"I want to finish my career at City, for respect from the fans.”
Elsewhere, Ajax winger Ryan Babel might have done Roberto Mancini a huge turn by practically writing his pre-match motivational speech for him.
The Dutch international, in his second spell at the Amsterdam club, launched a scathing attack on the Blues.
“Against City in the first game you could see the perfect example of a real team effort by Ajax against a team of individuals,” said the former Liverpool man.
“We noticed how the frustration got the better of them during the game. And we saw how the players were directing those frustrations towards each other. That is the danger of a club with so many big-name players and so many big egos.
“When the going gets tough, they are not prepared to do the hard work for each other.”
This will be the City team that has come from behind in eight games out of 15 so far this season… best pin that one up in the dressing room, Roberto!
Mancini didn't appear to be too concerned by Babel’s barbs in his preview to tonight’s game, pointing to collective inexperience in the Champions League as the cause for the Blues’ below par showings thus far.
"We need more experience as a team, not so much individual players because they do have experience,” Roberto said.
“But we need to be lucky because it is difficult when you are in the worst group all the time. I said after the 0-0 at West Ham on Saturday if we said: 'We are ready to win the Champions League', it is not [true]."
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