‘I feel I’m home again’: Yaya Toure returns to Manchester City to knock United off their perch in title race

By Pippa Field

Powerhouse midfielder Yaya Toure is back and raring to rejoin the fight for Manchester City honours this season.

The Ivorian had been away battling for Africa Cup of Nations glory as City were forced to cope for seven games without one of their most influential players.

But following the Elephants quarter-final loss in South Africa, the 29-year-old is rejoining his Blues comrades to help fight for the title.

He said: “I feel like I’m home again and I met some City fans before my flight from Paris to Manchester and they said welcome home, Yaya.

“They said they wanted me to help the team and bring happiness to our supporters. That’s what I aim to do.

“My friends are all here and are happy to see me and we are like a family or brothers who will all fight together – and that is a very important thing to have.

“Anything can happen. We have a full squad of fantastic players and I think the most important thing is we are all back together.”

Despite the gap to league leaders Manchester United stretching to nine points during his absence, the combative Toure refused to wipe away City’s chances.

“We are further behind than we’d like, of course, but all we need to do is think about last season to know what is possible,” he added.

“United have a strong squad and on paper, they have an easier run in than we do but the title race is a long way from finished.

“It only takes a couple of results to go our way and we’re right back in it – I’m sure we’ll come back.”

Much fancied for Cup of Nations glory, Toure’s Ivory Coast side crashed out in extra-time to Nigeria.

But the Blues man insisted any tournament heartbreak was out of his system with his focus now solely on City for the rest of the season.

“Of course we were disappointed,” he said.

“We tried our best but it wasn’t good enough this time and now I am only focusing on City, my club.

“I’m only looking forward and not back and that means the Premier League and nothing else at this moment. It’s good to be back.”

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