Toure glad to see City as ‘bad losers’

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Yaya Toure has stated his overriding legacy at Manchester City is leaving behind him a squad full of bad losers.

The Ivory Coast midfielder said his final goodbye during the Citizens’ title-winning trophy parade around the streets of Manchester on Monday evening, which saw an estimated 100,000 people come to pay homage to Pep Guardiola’s team.

Toure wants to remain in the Premier League after City decided not to renew his contract after eight trophy-laden seasons at the Etihad.

The 35-year-old believes he has left a City dressing room which is an entirely different animal to the mentality he first came across when he made the switch from Barcelona back in 2010.

Toure said: ‘I am happy because I leave a good legacy. In the dressing room in the beginning, in 2011, when we lost (games) it was (a place) to smile, to laugh.

‘I was not happy with that. Now when we lose or draw you see everyone sad or angry. That is the mentality that I love.’

The four-time African Footballer of the Year added to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser: ‘That is a winning team and the character this team have to have if you want to compete with Barcelona or Real Madrid, because they are exactly the same.

‘They have been educated like that because they are champions. Now we are champions, even though the team is young.

‘I hope next year is going to be bright and much better (for City).’


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