Yaya: City did not respect me


The midfielder’s brother Oyala Ibrahim tragically passed away last week after losing a battle with cancer, and Toure was left to regret not insisting on spending more time with his sibling after joining his club on a post-season tour of Abu Dhabi to celebreate their League crown.

“At the end of the season, I wanted to stay for four or five days with my brother before I flew to prepare for the World Cup with Ivory Coast, except that City did not want to grant me a few days,” the Ivorian international told France Football.

“I went to celebrate the title championship in Abu Dhabi while my brother was lying in his sickbed. By fortune, Kolo was at his bedside.

“After that I blame myself for not insisting and for not making them respect me."

Toure feels his club did not do enough to support him through the difficult time, which he describes as “the hardest in my life”.

“However, club officials knew very well that I was suffering for a few months as the health of my brother declined,” he revealed.

“This is the reason I had several injuries at the end of the season, because my head had taken control of my body.

“These last four months have probably been the hardest in my life.”

Manchester City have since responded to their star man’s accusations, saying they did not receive a request for compassionate leave from the player, while giving their full support to the Toure family by helping to arrange the funeral and assisting with the paperwork.

“It is what we do for our players. They will always have our support,” an un-named source from the club told the Daily Mail.

Both Toure brothers are on national duty with the Ivory Coast at this year’s World Cup, yet have decided to remain with the team in Brazil despite last week’s news of their brother’s passing.

Ivory Coast take on Greece in their last group fixture in Fortaleza on Tuesday night.