Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Man City earn record-breaking farewell for Yaya

Man City earn record-breaking farewell for Yaya

The outgoing midfielder's decorated eight-season stint is due to be celebrated in Wednesday's clash with Brighton and Hove Albion after City confirmed his contract would not be renewed. "All through the game, we will be focused on winning for Yaya". "I don't want to face them, but if I want to stay in the Premier League, I'll have to".

Guardiola praised the 22-year-old for his display, days after City celebrated their Premier League title. That is held by Manchester United who won the league in 1999/2000 by 18 points, and are now 20 behind City. "I hope next year is going to be bright and much better".

Yaya Toure bade farewell to the Etihad Stadium as champions Manchester City set a hat-trick of Premier League records in a routine 3-1 win over Brighton.

"His behaviour was good, we have no complaints over what happened this season".

At full-time, his brother Kolo - who also played for City between 2009-2013 - presented his younger brother Yaya with a commemorative shirt.

"They are friends of mine-Ferran, Txiki, Khaldoon-and we have time to talk fluently about what is best for the club and us".

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However, Guardiola always valued Toure's influence as a player, on and off the field.

"I suppose him and (David) Silva instantly come to mind that have been through a longer period and seen the real progress of this football team". "To be alongside United, Liverpool, we have to win more". City captain Vincent Kompany made a point of getting Toure to hold one handle of the trophy as it was lifted to the backdrop of fireworks, flames and tickertape.

'I want to thank the fans as well because they've been so supportive.

"He has helped make the club bigger and bigger and bigger", City manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday, a day before Toure plays his last home match for the club against Brighton.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

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