First it was the birthday cake the club forgot to give him on his birthday now its the British p...
First it was the birthday cake the club forgot to give him on his birthday now its the British press. Yaya Toure has launched a passionate defence of his record and form at Manchester City while insisting he is regularly 'unhappy.'
The Manchester City midfielder has helped the club capture two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a Capital One Cup since his arrival from Barcelona in 2010, but has blasted 'beasts' in the British media for his apparent mistreatment.
However, the 32-year-old has struggled to replicate his form from previous campaigns so far this season, only scoring once for the Premier League leaders.
|Yaya Toure speaks of his frustration caused by the English media|
'I often feel that I'm unhappy. A lot,' Toure admitted to French paper L'Equipe.
'When I came to City, in 2010, I heard people say here that I would kill football. The journalists spoke of my salary…But I was just at this club to help it grow and win titles.
'Many people, beasts, I must say, have laughed at me when I said that. They wondered what I, Yaya Toure, could do to change City. And then you saw what happened next? We almost won everything.'
Toure has become so disenchanted with football that he is adamant that his children won't be involved with the game.
'I do not want them to have to go through everything that I have endured. It has hurt me,' added the midfielder. 'Studying for them, that's what I told the missus. You know, everyone thinks I am happy: I have won titles, lots of money, but, no, I am not happy…'
Toure was replaced at half-time by manager Manuel Pellegrini during the 5-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday and has aimed his frustrations at the British press for a lack of recognition and appreciation.