Yaya Toure targets world domination with Manchester City

 

Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has set his sights on making Manchester City the biggest club in the world.

The 28-year-old, who arrived in England from Barcelona in summer 2010, scored twice at Newcastle last weekend to move Roberto Mancini's side a step closer to becoming Barclays Premier League champions.

And, ahead of this weekend's decisive final round of fixtures, he told BBC Sport: "That's why I came here, to help the team... to help the club go forward and make it bigger than any club in the world."

Victory at home to QPR on Sunday will see the trophy heading to City for the first time since 1968, regardless of what Manchester United achieve at Sunderland.

Asked whether he was feeling the pressure, he replied: "No, because I have a lot of experience. I have already won some important trophies."

Toure - winner of two Primera Division titles and the 2009 Champions League with Barca - is relishing being such an influential figure at the Etihad Stadium.

"I wanted to come to the club to make a story and my decision was to come to City," he said.

"Of course, some people make some speculation about other things, but, for me, when you are a football player, you always want to go where you can be loved and be the best player.

"At Barcelona, I was a good player but at City I am an important player for the team."

Meanwhile, Toure has revealed that Mancini's claims last month that City had no chance of winning the Premier League were indeed mind games - in the dressing room the City boss made a stirring speech telling the players that they would still emerge triumphant.

Mancini declared "the title race is over" after his side lost at Arsenal to fall eight points behind United.

The Italian went on pouring cold water on City's hopes in public as they narrowed the gap on United. To the players, however, Mancini was completely different.

Toure told CNN: "We always believe in ourselves because we've got quality players, fantastic players.

"I think the key was when Mancini started making a speech in the dressing room.

"He said, 'guys we don't have to give up, you know, because the Premier League is like that and maybe United can drop some points and we can come back. We have to believe to the end because we're in the most competitive competition in the world and most importantly we have to keep going, keep winning and maybe we'll be close to them'.

"I think Mancini was totally right because I think now he deserves everything he gets from now. He's an unbelievable guy who always fights to help his players to get them in good form and I think everything he's done now he's done fantastically well."

PA

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