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Name Yaya Toure
Gender Male
Ethnic Ivorian
Job Ivorian Footballer
Desc Once a player who looked slow and sometimes used as a centre back, Yaya Toure’s game was almost entirely reinvented when he moved to Manchester City. A goalscoring midfielder, powerful runner with pin-point accuracy. One of the leaders of City’s domestic dominance


Org Ivory Coast National Team
Club as Player Manchester City


Agent Dimitri Seluk

2015 12 12 Retrieve

[Manchester City and Côte d’Ivoire midfielder Yaya Toure after being named BBC African Footballer of the Year] I work hard every day to be the best I can be, so to be nominated seven times and win this award for a second time means a lot to me. I would also like to pay tribute to my fellow nominees and this fantastic initiative, which celebrates African footballers - shining a light on our wonderful continent. We have so much talent in Africa, so I am determined to continue to achieve on the pitch and use my success to help lead the way for the next generation

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure expresses his admiration for Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic] I want to play in Europe, especially in England. I want to continue doing that for a few years yet. Look at my friend Ibrahimovic. He’s 35 and he’s going to play for maybe three more years? He’s got the same mentality as me. He’s a big player, a champion who loves football. It’s football first. Anything after that is a bonus

2019 06 17 Retrieve

[What’s happened to Yaya Toure? How former Manchester City star is refusing to retire] Retired? Never! I will still keep playing. There have been so many rumours about my future in football but it’s time to make things clear. Football is something I cannot describe, I’ve been playing since I was young, and I will continue playing football. When it’s time for me to retire I will do it officially myself. Nobody else will speak on my behalf

[Having claimed his first piece of silverware in Greece with Olympiacos, Toure was hoping for a fairytale finish to his career by returning to the club that helped launch him. But after re-signing with them in September 2018, he would leave the Greek giants just three months later with his career clearly stalling] I came back for you. I had a vision and wanted to win trophies for you. Sadly, it has not worked out but I move on with love in my heart for you all. You have always encouraged me and stood by me. But now it is time for a new challenge. My love for football still burns strong.

[…] I’m starting to prepare myself for coaching badges but full-time coaching is not what I’m thinking now. I am now ready and focused to take new challenges in playing football. And don’t worry once the time has come, I will announce my retirement personally and officially by myself!

2019 10 28 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure blasts England’s racism reaction. When asked about the Three Lions’ reaction] This is a shame. Why are you playing for England? They are always talking, ‘Blah, blah, blah’, and what? Nothing changes. People from FIFA don’t care anyway because we’ve been talking about this, but it’s still continuing. I don’t want to say that I’m not concerned, I’m concerned

They have to be serious about it, players need to make serious moves about it otherwise [the racists] will continue to do that. They have to get the players out of the field

[The former Ivory Coast international is currently playing in the second tier in China with Qingdao Huanghai, having joined in July] I think I’ll finish in December or January, then go, have another challenge. People are thinking that I’m done, but I’m not done yet. It’s been a nice experience because I’ve seen people with a different mentality from Europe - the way to play football, the way they feel and their behaviour on the field. When I play in the stadiums, nobody boos me because I’m black, it’s a different culture, they respect. In Europe, they respect nobody

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Man City legend Yaya Toure wants Premier League return as he still has two years left at the top] I would love it but it depends on which kind of team. We will see because sometimes in Europe people look at ages in a different way - it’s not about that. It depends on the club and what they want to achieve. I don’t want to go too far and propose myself but I just want them to give me a chance, we will see. In my mind I give myself one or maybe two years maximum playing football, after that I want to enjoy myself with my family and try to work in other ways.

I want to be proud of myself. As a footballer sometimes when you stop it early it is because people are trying to stop you, it’s not coming from your heart, it’s complicated. I remember when I was in Greece and people were speculating about my career - I was not happy. Something was missing. I want to be in control. I think I have to start to do my [coaching] badges. Football has been all my life from when I was a kid until now. Football is part of me and I can stop watching football or being part of it.

[He has seen City fall nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool as they seek to chase down a third successive crown and the former Blues star believes Guardiola will dip into the January transfer market in an effort to aid his cause] I think it is going to be hard but in January City have to get a defender. It is never too late. I don’t want to blame Rodrigo, but if Fernandinho was in the middle it would be really important. City miss him in there, he is strong, sharp, clever and anticipates and tackles. I respect the decision of the manager but I don’t like him in defence

2019 11 14b Retrieve

[Raheem Sterling has been backed by former Manchester City team-mate Yaya Toure over his recent spat with Joe Gomez in England training] I think people are overreacting because in training this can happen. In the game on Sunday they were face to face and then straight to the international team. It can happen, me and my brother fight, we argue, we smash each other. The manager should just take him away. It’s not good for the player’s mentality

Guardiola could be a little bit disappointed with Southgate. Raheem is still young and learning. If my player acted like that, being angry and showing himself like this, I would be very happy. This means he wants to win and achieve - that is important. A player without this character, for me, is nonsense. Raheem is one of the best players in England at the moment. I think Harry Kane is not in his best moment, Raheem is the best player for England. For him to be in this kind of situation, with all the pressure around him and on his shoulders, he has to deal with racism, plus the fact he was playing at Anfield where the fans are booing him - it can affect him. The manager does not have to be involved

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure has stated his belief that Mesut Ozil was wrong to call out China via social media for their alleged mistreatment of the Uighur Muslim population in the country] I was quite amazed. I think me and my point of view [is that] football is something that is very important. But I think footballers have to stay with football and politicians do politics because you cannot be involved in these kinds of things. It’s going to attract a lot of problems and to be honest, as a Muslim, it’s complicated. It’s his choice, he’s been doing his comments [on social media], but I think he was wrong to say that

2019 12 18b Retrieve

[Yaya Toure tips Arteta to be Arsenal success but only if board listens to him] It’s going to be quite difficult. Why? Because Arsenal are struggling and I think if the directors of Arsenal listen to him and go in his way, maybe it’s going to work. All the time when you come in a new club which is struggling, you need the backing of your board to listen to you and do what you want. Obviously Man City have a lot more money [to spend] than Arsenal and I think it’s going to be quite complicated.

[Having trained under Arteta during his last two years at City, however, Toure believes that the former midfielder has the brains and vision to turn Arsenal around if the club do back his vision for the club] He’s very smart and he’s achieved a lot of experience in football games. I think he’s going to be good, good, good for Arsenal because Arsenal need a manager with a new mind and a new setup. We’ve been identifying Arsenal with Arsene Wenger because Arsene Wenger was top drawer for them. I was so sad when I saw the fans arguing [whether] Arsene Wenger had to leave – and now what is happening? Arsenal need a new vision of football, and I think Arteta can do it

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure questions Mane’s Ballon d’Or snubs] To be honest he deserved to win the Ballon d’Or. In Africa we don’t see any better players than him. Did you see the votes, did you see what he did in the last year, how many goals he scored, what he achieved with Liverpool? For me it is a shame when a team wins this trophy [the Champions League] and the winner of the Ballon d’Or is not coming from there

Liverpool are great, they are doing very well and they deserve their position at the moment. There is a long way to go but Liverpool are a good side and they look much stronger than last year. The way I see City is their form this year has been quite complicated but, 10 points in front, Liverpool have a good, good chance. When you see the league today there are a few teams who are quite disappointing, like Arsenal and a couple of others, but Liverpool have the chance to have the honours this year

2019 12 19b Retrieve

[Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure believes tackling racism is harder than ever because fans are more stupid] I’ve had a chat with FIFA because this is something every important that we have to look at carefully. I know it’s going to be hard work and difficult because the way to win this case is going to be very long. The fans, the people, are now becoming more stupid than before. This thing is shocking because we are in 2019 now. In 2020 and 2025, we have the kids coming through – what are we going to do? We can’t continue like this

When I saw those things, I want to play for one more year maximum, but I have to retire to join FIFA to work on that because these things hurt a lot. To have the feeling and to see those things is just unbelievable. I don’t know how people can trust. I know the organisations Fifa and Uefa are doing a lot just to carry on things and making things happen. We can talk about education because the fans are in a different way. You can sanctions the clubs and make the field empty

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure ‘a little bit scared’ ahead of Man City’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid] I wanted City to get Lyon or some club like that, but Real Madrid is going to be a tough game, a very, very tough game. But we will see - the first game is at the Bernabeu and then it is [at the] Etihad [Stadium]. Real Madrid could knock us straight out. They could, they really could, because we expect Real Madrid to be in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and now they face City. I’m a little scared to be honest

[Toure was particularly impressed by Madrid in their 2-2 home draw with PSG in November] The last time I saw a game is when they played against Paris Saint-Germain, it was very good. Even though [PSG] take two goals in the end, Madrid was on top of Paris Saint-Germain and Paris Saint-Germain are a good, good side. I think Paris Saint-Germain is going to be going forward to the semi-final or final. We never know. They are playing very good, they have a good coach. I hope Man City are going to pass Madrid but this is a big, big test, a big ask

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure names Barcelona legends as the best players he’s played with] [Lionel] Messi, [Thierry] Henry, [Samuel] Eto’o, [Andres] Iniesta and Xavi [Hernandez]. They were unbeatable

[In his 18-year professional career, Toure has played on several pitches across the world, but he chose Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home ground, as his favourite] Stars like Ronaldo [Nazario] and [Diego] Maradona have played there. I was also able to play there with Messi, Eto’o, Henry, [Dani] Alves, Iniesta, etc., and I’m grateful for that time of my life

2020 04 19 Retrieve

[Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure hails health workers] To all the health care workers and other professionals who keep working like true heroes, infinite applause. Humanity’s hero taking the fight to Covid-19. We will win.

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Yaya Toure backs Drogba’s faltering Ivorian Football Association presidential campaign] It’s time for change in our football. It needs modernity. When I say I support Drogba, it’s also for the good of the country, to have a former player of his kind investing himself in Africa. Didier was my big brother, my captain. People talked a lot about us but we were always calm, wise. We know each other. Too many people tried to criticise him - the press, fans

I know he is looking for support and I hope he will get it from some of the voters, presidents of clubs or AFI (Ivorian Association of Football Players)

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Vasco presidential candidate Lawyer Leven Siano has pledged to sign Yaya Toure for the 2021 season should he triumph in upcoming elections] We are negotiating, trying to make the Vasco we dreamed about. You don’t have to think about which great player will be signed, but rather that we will be bringing great players. If it is not one, it will be another. If we have players with the quality of Balotelli, Yaya Toure, Giovinco, Alex Teixeira and Souza, we will be a competitive team

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said he felt ‘very proud’ to see demonstrations in Manchester showing solidarity with protestors in the US] We ALL have a responsibility to challenge racism. Racism is a problem for ALL people. WE have to fight it TOGETHER