Yaya Toure: I love playing for Manchester City.



Yaya Toure has said he has been hurt by criticism over his form this season but said in the Manchester Evening News: "I will continue to fight to the end and I love playing for Man City."

Toure, who turns 32 next month, has endured a difficult season so far at club level, struggling to reproduce the performances that made him one of the Premier League's leading stars following his 2010 move from Barcelona.

His future has also been the subject of regular speculation since last summer, when Toure and his agent, Dimitry Seluk, said the club had shown the Ivorian a lack of respect after failing to wish him a happy birthday.

Seluk said in February that Toure wanted to stay at the Etihad Stadium "for life," but the agent told the Sunday Mirror this weekend that the club's executives have been "trying to blame Yaya for what has happened this season" and "aren't taking responsibility for their own mistakes."

Toure, who is attracting interest from Inter Milan, said he has been affected by the criticism of his form this season but appeared to put the blame on the media rather than the club.

Asked if he had been hurt by the comments, he said: "Yes, a lot. People want you to progress more, and in the media sometimes it's difficult.

"We will continue to fight as the fans are great with us and especially to me. I hope to show my commitment and show my respect to those fans who support me a lot in my years here. I will continue to fight to the end and I love playing for Man City."

Toure, who impressed in City's 2-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday, added after the game: "It's football. People will always have their opinion. First of all in front of all our fans it's good to win.

"People are talking a lot about rumours. Sometimes you are disappointed but for the fans and the people working at this club there is an opportunity to fight to the end."

Toure's agent had also criticised Manuel Pellegrini in the Mirror interview, saying he was "a good coach but a weak manager," but the City boss declined to respond to the remarks after Sunday's game.

Pellegrini had said at his prematch news conference on Friday that Toure was staying at City and remained "very important" for the team, although he did say that neither he nor the player had been satisfied with his form this season.

Source: ESPN FC


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