Yaya Toure has given an extensive interview with France 24, in which he revealed his thoughts on Manchester City’s title-winning season, who was the best footballer he played with and against and what the future holds for him.
The Ivory Coast midfielder spoke about his outstanding goal-scoring campaign, and revealed that he always enjoyed the attacking element of the game, and found the more defensive role he was given at former club Barcelona boring.
“I always enjoyed the attacking side,” he said. “I always have this confidence to be one against one.”
And when asked if attacking midfield was his position of choice, the City star said, “Favourite position? Yes, I love it. I really enjoyed it this year.”
He cited his maturity and additional experience as reasons for his outstanding individual campaign. But also praised manager Manuel Pellegrini for showing faith in him and giving him freedom further up the pitch.
“As a football player when we get on the field we just want to enjoy it,” Toure added. “The positive thing about football is that when you always have the ball…I always enjoy this side…just keep the ball, just pass the ball.”
Toure has played a huge role in City’s second Premier League crown, scoring a remarkable 20 goals in the Premier League and 24 in all competitions. He also provided 12 assists in a campaign to remember.
But having reached his 31st birthday, he is unsure how long he will keep playing, although he is adamant he wants to continue to be involved in the game for many years to come.
“One day I think I will have to stop,” he said. “For now I don’t see me out of football. I just want to be in the middle with the ball at my feet.”
But he was a little less clear when it came to the possibility of finishing his career at the Etihad Stadium.
“I think in football we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” he said. “On my part I don’t know. I don’t know where football will bring me. I always want to be part of a winning club.”
For now City are certainly that; due in no small part to their fantastic midfield talisman.
And after citing Lionel Messi as the best footballer he played alongside and Cristiano Ronaldo as his most challenging opponent, the City man will no doubt be hoping the Blues get one over on those two outstanding rivals when Pellegrini takes them back into Champions League action next season.