Manchester City latest: New partnership announced; Yaya Toure speaks about World Cup exit

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been speaking following the Ivory Coast’s exit from this summer’s World Cup.

In an interview initially published by France Football and later by the London Evening Standard, Toure is quoted as saying, “Who really cares about the injustices of an African team? This mistake deprives us of something huge. It is a scandal that unfortunately does not seem to bother many people.”

Toure was referring to the disputed penalty won and converted by Giorgios Samaras.

In other news, Xavi’s proposed move to City’s MLS fanchise New York City could be in doubt following comments from Barcelona’s sporting director.

The Manchester Evening News has published quotes from Andoni Zubizarreta, who said, “Today Xavi is still our player and the number six shirt is still his. We spoke to him before the World Cup and when he returns from holiday we will speak to him again.”

Xavi was expected to be one of the star signings when New York City kick off their inaugural MLS campaign in March, but it seems he could remain in La Liga after all.

And finally, City have announced a new club partnership with Saigon Hanoi Commercial Joint Stock Bank.

The news was revealed on the Blues’ official website, with City set to introduce their first club-specific debit card in the region in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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