Yaya Toure who is getting used to life away from Manchester City for the first time in eight years has refused to rule out a move to Manchester United and insists he wants to “teach” Paul Pogba.
He explained that it will be strange to face the club he thought he would end his playing days at, but that is precisely what he plans to do, insisting he will remain in the Premier League, and in the higher reaches of England’s top flight as well.
Such is his determination to continue at the pinnacle of the sport that even United would not be out of the question.
“I don’t rule big teams out. The big teams are very important for me. What they want to achieve, the way they want to go, for me is very important. I want to go somewhere I can win and achieve.
“It’s going to be hard one day to play against City, but I have to do that. It is part of my job.
“I’ve been playing football for such a long time, I’m no good in the office or something else. I am good in football.
“To see myself at a different club is going to be difficult. I have been such a big part of City for such a long time now. I just want to say that definitely I will continue to play at a high level – Champions League or Europa League.
“I want to play two more years. They have to be in the higher level and then I can do something else.”
Manchester City Coach, Pep Guardiola has made replacing the 35-year-old his priority this summer with Napoli midfielder Jorginho among the Catalan’s top candidates to fill that berth.
But asked if he could hand pick his own replacement, Toure returns the theme to United.
“I love Paul Pogba,” he says. “I love Kevin (de Bruyne) as well and I love (David) Silva. Silva was my player.
“It is difficult because you have to be good on all things. Silva is short and strong.
“Pogba – it’s difficult because of the way the media has treated him. We don’t have the same characteristics because for me I was involved in all the ball, I ran everywhere.
“I liked that. I was prepared for that. I was working for that for a long time.
“When I was in the academy in Africa I had to run everywhere, get box to box in 50 seconds. It’s something I’ve been loving to do.
“Pogba is the same size, power – but different in the way he wants to go. Technically as well, the ability to score goals as well. It is a player I want to play with, to be honest, just to teach him some things.”