Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure turns focus to next season

 

Manchester City talisman Yaya Toure already has his sights set on winning more silverware next season.

Toure was one of the inspirations behind City's first title win in 44 years but he was off the field injured as the crown was secured in dramatic circumstances against QPR yesterday.

Many believe City can now build on their success and go on to dominate the English game and Toure has no doubts.

The Ivory coast midfielder told City TV: "We have been unbelievable.

"I thank all but I think next year will be more and I hope City will become a great club in the world.

"I will think about the new season and I hope it will be more exciting than the last one.

"I think the fans may enjoy it more because now we have fantastic players, they are growing.

"They have fantastic talent and I think next year we will get more cups than this year."

Toure limped off just before half-time in the decisive game and could only watch as City fell 2-1 behind before coming back to win 3-2 in injury time.

The 29-year-old said: "It was unbelievable. When we had 10 minutes left I was thinking we needed a goal to try to help us.

"With all this season, always doing well, to have lost the Premier League at home - it would have been a disaster, I think I can say that.

"I am very happy. I think the team deserves it, the fans deserve it, the boss deserves it. I think all this club deserves it this year.

"That was the character of the team, the winning mentality. The team did fantastically well.

"We proved all the players on the pitch wanted to fight for this club, to win something for this club, to be part of history for this club."

With Manchester United winning at Sunderland, the title was heading back to Old Trafford as injury time approached with City still trailing.

Edin Dzeko gave City hope with an equaliser in the second minute of stoppage time before top scorer Sergio Aguero snatched it in the last attack of the game.

Aguero, who finished his first season with City with 30 goals, said: "The only thing I can say is I am really happy.

"The truth is we can hardly believe it ourselves.

"We thought the Premier League had gone. Thank God it all worked out for us.

"We got two goals in five minutes, it was absolutely unbelievable."

Two of the more controversial figures in City's season were also thrilled by the outcome.

Carlos Tevez, who infamously missed six months of the campaign over a dispute with the club, said: "I am very, very happy. The game was out of this world.

"When you are putting an end to such a long run without winning a title, you are always going to have to do it the hard way.

"It was absolutely incredible. This club have got the players that can win lots of trophies, this is a real big step towards that."

After returning to the side in the past two months, Tevez recently said he would like to stay at the club despite his attempts in January to engineer a move.

The striker said: "Let's hope we can win more and more trophies. I feel very happy at winning this league title."

Mario Balotelli made his first appearance in six games as he came off the bench with 14 minutes remaining and had a hand in the winner.

The Italian said: "It was better to win like that than 6-0, when you are sure to win.

"United have suffered a little bit, it is better for us.

"When I was on the bench, warming up with Micah (Richards) and they scored their second goal, Micah was upset but I said, 'Don't worry, we will win'.

"That's what we did. I thought it was really possible. I believed in it and I was right."

Playmaker David Silva is also hoping the team can move on to greater things next season.

The Spaniard said: "We made the game very hard for ourselves but we kept battling until the end.

"We managed to pull it off and I am really happy. This team is just getting better and better and let's hope next season we'll be even better."

PA

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