Known for his versatility and power on the field, professional footballer Yaya Touré has made a pretty big name for himself in recent years. The African Footballer of the Year three years in a row (2011, 2012, and 2013), the Manchester City player is popular among European football fans and Ivorians back home. Touré has been an integral part of the Côte d’Ivoire national team for nearly a decade.
The Ivorian signed fresh four-year terms last April, so City believe they can hold firm and that the 31-year-old is going nowhere. Yet after a season of calm – and triumph – due to Pellegrini’s understated leadership, the danger is that this could crumble as City return to the full-time fire-fighting mode last seen when Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini were at the club. Manchester City’s silly summer season is officially open for business. As if Manuel Pellegrini did not…
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