LONDON, October 20- Yaya Toure has not held back in his latest interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, once again criticising his treatment by the English media.
Toure has developed into one of the most complete midfielders in English Premier league history since his £24 million transfer from Barcelona, but the Ivorian has voiced his discontent at Manchester City in recent times.
Despite winning two league titles and a FA Cup in his five years with the Citizens, Toure infamously threatened to leave after feeling ‘victimized’ when club officials reportedly did not treat him with ‘respect’ on his birthday.
In his latest attack on the English press, the 32-year old started off by saying: “In recent weeks, journalists have spoken about a new beginning for me. But what a new beginning?
“I’m coming off a season when Man City finished second in the Premier League, which is the most difficult in the world. I scored twelve goals, I also had to leave the club to join my national team who were playing the African Cup.
“I missed almost two months (of Premier League football), and I then I was criticised for not scoring as many goals as in the season before?!
“You understand a little my disgust. Here, when it’s bad, they (British journalists) highlight the faults. When it’s good, they say nothing.
The Ivorian captain added: “They have always used their little ways to annoy me to distracted. I often feel that I’m unhappy. A lot.
“When I came to City, in 2010, I heard people say here that I would kill football! I arrived from Barcelona as a player who had not played too much the last few months, and they did not understand. The journalists spoke of my salary, saying that it was a shame. But I was just at this club to help it grow and win titles.
“Many people, beasts, I must say, have laughed at me when I said that. They wondered what I, Yaya Toure, could do to change City. And then you saw what happened next? We almost won everything. I did it, we did it because I was not alone, of course, but no one said a thing. It’s a bit disgusting.
“These people are not very smart. I do not have the habit of making shock interviews, I only say what I think. I’ve suffered for years, and now I have decided to talk. I mean everything.”