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FEATURE: Ivorian star Yaya Toure should be man enough

Published on: 21 May 2014
Yaya Toure

By Emmanuel Baah-Aboagye

News of Yaya Toure wanting to leave Manchester City for the perceived lack of attention from the club's owners on his 31st birthday, which fell on 13th May,2014, irks and irritates me a great deal.

Dimitri Seluk, who has been the player's agent since his playing days at Belgian side Beveren in 2001, claims that Suleyman Kerimov, owner of relegated Russian side Anzhi, in April 2011, presented a Bugatti Veyron worth €1.8m to then captain Roberto Carlos on his 38th birthday and therefore Yaya by his lofty standards, needed just a handshake from the club's president as an indication of attention, recognition, appreciation and respect does not only smacks off greed but spins one's thinking.

Yes! Yaya Toure has done extremely well since joining the English champions from Barcelona in 2010 in a deal worth £24m. I doubted whether Yaya could adjust to the pacy nature of the English game but

he has proved me entirely wrong.

But is Yaya Toure justified in wanting out because of a handshake? I beg to disagree. Yaya Toure owes Manchester City tonnes of appreciation because for me, the club has contributed to making him a better player even than when he played for Barcelona. For the records, the club has made Yaya Toure its highest paid earner with £220,000-a-week.

Again, prior to his move to Manchester City, Yaya Toure had played a total of 285 matches for 5 different clubs in Europe (Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, Monaco and Barcelona, scoring 22 times.

At Barcelona alone, he played a total of 117 games and scored just 6 goals before joining Manchester City. Since joining Manchester City, Yaya Toure has scored a total of 51 goals in 184 appearances and that alone should inform the player that Manchester City has contributed immensely to his brand.

Again, prior to his move to Manchester City, Yaya had scored a total of 5 international goals for Cote d'Ivoire as against 11 scored since his move to the English Premier League.

Yaya Toure has seen his image soar so high winning Africa's football flagship award in three successive times (2011, 2012 & 2013). Manchester City tweeted a happy birthday to Toure on the club's official Twitter page and sent him a customised cake with the club's crest on it. I have also watched a footage of his colleagues singing a happy birthday song for him on board a plane to Abu Dhabi. On account of all these, their complaints can only be described as frivolous, out of substance, mischievious and empty.

Yaya Toure is as perplexed as his agent with these lines: "Don't take words that do not come from my mouth seriously".

"Everything Dimitri said is true. He speaks for me. I will explain after the World Cup".

The above lines are nothing but a cacophony of confused messages. It is simply a ploy to get his pocket stuffed!

Yaya Toure should be man enough!!


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • KS says:
    May 21, 2014 02:36 pm
    Stupid article in my opinion. The writer is not looking at it from all angles but just one. I once took a class with an african, actually from west africa who thought and argued that trade relations between blacks and the whites were fair only because foreign currency has more value in africa so when a black person gets less its does more in his country than it would in the white mans land so the whites should walk away with the chunk of profits to be earned when they trade. He obviously was not thinking far enough and not looking at all the angles. So is this writer, be it a he or a she.
  • Chairman says:
    May 21, 2014 05:54 pm
    Chairman's Dad, if you are not the writer, like him, you are the archetypal black man. All races in this world support their own except the blacks... How else did Steven Gerrard get voted ahead of Yaya Toure in the player of the year awards this season? But I'm sure Chairman's Dad and Baah-Aboagye have an explanation - dreadful specimens of humanity.
  • Viper says:
    May 21, 2014 11:15 am
    You should also man up and stop parroting what the European media tells you,mr writer.
  • tonado says:
    May 21, 2014 12:03 pm
    Just keep wondering when all this nonsense things they doing to African would stop. Essein in his days at Chelsea merit much more than he was accorded and now Yaya, What is wrong with this lacadastics, God make African rich and let us stay and play in our Continent
  • freshnaro says:
    May 21, 2014 11:41 pm
    This writer is an apology of a writer. He certainly haven't acquaint himself with the issues as stake. I think he should go back to the major sites in europe and get the full details of toure's statement.Let's take de scenario of throwing a birthday party before your directors & MD but none deems it pleasing to wish u a happy birthday, how would u feel. U begin to ask urself if u're @ de right place. Naturally, every1's going to be upset abt their carefree attitude shown towards u. This is the whole issue here & I couldn't agree more with toure & his mgr.
  • Chairman's Dad says:
    May 21, 2014 11:07 am
    Sorry about my son Chairman. I forgot to wish him happy birthday so he's upset and being a stupid racist who talks a load of crap.
  • Chairman says:
    May 21, 2014 10:58 am
    Trust an African writer to spew an idiotic piece like this. Were Toure South American or European the City owners would be falling over themselves to please him after such an incredible season. But hey the African is the African - too self-hating and too stupid to know tell his nose from his cheek bones.
  • papa nkrumah says:
    May 22, 2014 06:39 am
    Let's put the whole thing in context. Is it the culture of Man City to send messages to all their players? If so and they elected to ignore Toure's then it was wrong on their part. Otherwise, Toure is just being petty.