Yaya Toure admits his disappointment at missing out on the PFA Player of the Year award.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was many people’s favourites to win the PFA Player of the Year award.
The Ivory Coast international has been arguably his club’s best player this season and, heading into the final round of fixtures on Sunday, he is their top scorer with 20 goals.
The former Barcelona star has been a real force in midfield for the Citizens this campaign. Allowed by manager Manuel Pellegrini to push forward with Fernandinho staying behind him in central midfield, the 30-year-old has provided an all-round display that many thought should have been acknowledged by giving him the award.
And Toure would have got it as well, had a certain Luis Suarez not been in the form of the life. The 27-year-old striker has been an outstanding player for Liverpool, scoring 31 goals and providing 12 assists in just 32 league matches. It was this record and sensational form that won the Uruguayan the PFA Player of the Year award.
Toure has always been a gentleman and has now stated that Suarez “deserved” to receive the accolade. The former Monaco midfielder admits that he is “disappointed” at missing out on the gong, but congratulates the Liverpool forward nevertheless.
‘I'm disappointed with the PFA awards because I'm a competitor’, Sky Sports quotes him as saying. ‘But, as well, Luis Suarez has had an excellent season. He was very good. It was well deserved from him’.
If only all footballing figures had such grace...