Yaya Toure is not a happy bunny. The Manchester City midfielder, who has been with the club since his 2010 move from Barcelona for £24 million, has given an interview to French newspaper L'Equipe in which he has revealed his disdain for life in the Premier League.
Toure has been nothing short of colossal since moving to Manchester, and has helped them win two Premier League titles in his time at the Etihad Stadium, as well as the FA Cup.
However it's not all been plain sailing and the Ivorian has, according to his agent at least, threatened to leave on numerous occasions.
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Now though, Toure has spoken out for himself and it's not a comfortable read for Manchester City fans. The midfielder told L'Equipe, as reported by ESPNFC, that he's 'not happy' with how he's treated by the media in England and that he is bored of football.
From there onwards in the interview, the Manchester City midfielder continued to aim broad attacks at every aspect of the media, from their perception of his work rate to criticism over his £1 million-per-month salary.
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He started by saying: "In recent weeks, journalists have spoken about a new beginning for me. But what a new beginning?
"I’m coming off a season when Man City finished second in the Premier League, which is the most difficult in the world. I scored twelve goals, I also had to leave the club to join my national team who were playing the African Cup. I missed almost two months (of Premier League football), and I then I was criticised for not scoring as many goals as in the season before?!
"You understand a little my disgust. Here, when it’s bad, they (British journalists) highlight the faults. When it’s good, they say nothing."
Toure has looked a little short of form this season, with just one goal in 11 games in all competitions for Manchester City.
He continued: "They have always used their little ways to annoy me to distracted. I often feel that I’m unhappy. A lot.
"Here, things are never as they say should be. Shouldn’t we more interested in mentioning the positive rather than the negative, right? We, Africans, when we do a good job, we like to be rewarded, recognized. Because if a player is given fair value, we move faster. That’s what I think.
"When I came to City, in 2010, I heard people say here that I would kill football! I arrived from Barcelona as a player who had not played too much the last few months, and they did not understand. The journalists spoke of my salary (about €1 million per month), saying that it was a shame. But I was just at this club to help it grow and win titles.
"Many people, beasts, I must say, have laughed at me when I said that. They wondered what I, Yaya Toure, could do to change City. And then you saw what happened next? We almost won everything. I did it, we did it because I was not alone, of course, but no one said a thing. It’s a bit disgusting.
"These people are not very smart. I do not have the habit of making shock interviews, I only say what I think. I’ve suffered for years, and now I have decided to talk. I mean everything."
Last year Toure tweeted a message backing claims made by his agent that he wanted to leave Manchester City, only to delete it and publicly insist he wanted to remain with the club. Let's see what his response to L'Equipe publishing his comments is this time.
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