‘Nobody said I did my job well’

MANCHESTER CITY legend Yaya Toure amazingly claims he is ‘unhappy’ with his career as ‘nobody’ praised him.

The Premier League midfield great got an emotional send-off from the Etihad in 2018 after winning three titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups in eight epic years.

Yaya Toure lifted the Prem crown three times with Man City, including here in 2014, but feels he never got the recognition he deservedCredit: AP:Associated Press

Although believing he was under-appreciated, Yaya Toure got a fantastic farewell from City fans in 2018

Although believing he was under-appreciated, Yaya Toure got a fantastic farewell from City fans in 2018Credit: REUTERS

But despite being a dominant, driving force, the former Ivory Coast superstar believes he was under-valued for his influence on the pitch and over-criticised for his role off it.

Toure, 38, retired as a player in 2020 and left his last coaching role with Russian top-flight club Akhmat Grozny five months ago.

But despite his staggering array of honours, the four-time African player of the year hit out at how he was received.

He told L’Equipe: “When I arrived at Manchester City lots of people said that I was killing football, and that my salary was a disgrace.

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“But everyone can see what happened next.  We won virtually everything there was to win – yet I got no recognition for it.

“Everybody thinks that I am happy because I won some trophies and earned a lot of money. But no, I am not happy.

“I scored lots of goals in the Premier League, and nobody said anything about them.

“They have to understand how that is disappointing for me.  When things go badly for you everything gets exaggerated.

“But nothing gets said if I do my job well.”

Toure also believes he was unfairly tarnished over his position in the Ivory Coast camp.

The 110-cap ace said: “People claimed that I had fought with Didier Drogba, Didier Zokora and even my brother Kolo.

“They made up songs about me.  Politicians insulted me, and I was really hurt.

“The Ivory Coast national team ended up having nothing any longer to do with football.”

Nonetheless, Toure singled out Africa Cup of Nations glory in 2015 as his top achievement.

He said: “Winning the trophy was my greatest wish, and we managed it after losing two previous finals.”

Premier League icon Yaya Toure bowed out of Man City four years ago

Premier League icon Yaya Toure bowed out of Man City four years agoCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

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Club-wise, he lifted the LaLiga crown twice and the Champions League once with Barcelona before switching to City for £24million.

He hit 79 goals in 316 games for the Etihad club as they usurped neighbours Manchester United at the top of English football.

After leaving City he wound his playing career down with Greek giants Olympiacos and Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai.

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