Gnegneri Yaya Toure, most popularly called Yaya Toure, is an Ivory Coast international footballer who currently features for the English Premier League club Manchester City. He is the younger brother of Kolo Toure, who plays as a central defender for City as well.
Toure joined the ASEC Momosas youth academy in 1996 and after arching through a number of clubs since then, he landed at Greek giants Olympiacos in 2005. It was here that he started garnering interest from all the major clubs in Europe and he even attend a trial at Arsenal at the start of the 2005-2006 Premier League season but failed.
Toure was signed By AS Monaco in the summer of 2006 for 4.5 million euros but one season on Barcelona signed him for a transfer fee of 10 million euros. He was been a key figure for Barca ever since and his box-to-box running with his ability to anchor the midfield was certainly something that has made him one of the best defensive medios in Europe.
In 2010 Man City signed Toure and he quickly established himself in the first team at Eastlands. He won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League in 2011-12, proving himself as indispensable element in the Citizens’ midfield.
Toure has been an Ivory Coast international since 2004 and has featured in over 60 matches for his nation.
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