Yaya Toure has revealed that he came close to joining Inter Milan before he eventually joined Manchester City.
The powerhouse midfielder was the driving force behind Manchester City’s title winning side of 2012, but he took an unorthodox path to the top.
Toure had spells with Belgian outfit Beveren and Olympiakos before he moved to Monaco.
From there he joined Barcelona and eventually linked up with Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium.
However before then when Mancini was in charge at Inter Milan, Toure says he was offered a switch to Italy to link up with the now-former Manchester City coach.
"I was offered the chance to go to Inter when I was at Monaco," he told publication Extra Time.
"Mancini followed me from 2007, and wanted me in Milan, but I chose Barcelona instead because it was always my dream to play for them.
“Mancini helped me a lot when I arrived in England.
"He taught me so much and is one of my best friends in football."
Toure arrived in Manchester in 2010 and has gone on to help the Citizens win the FA Cup as well as the league, and has started the 2013/14 in fine form under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.