Thursday, 18 September 2008

Ivory Coast International Reveals Arsenal Snub

Ivory Coast International Yaya Toure has revealed that he turned down Premier League club Arsenal, despite his brother Kolo and boss Arsene Wenger both trying to persuade him to leave La Liga giants FC Barcelona this summer.

25-year-old midfielder Toure, had been widely reported as one of the targets Wenger had hoped to bring to the Emirates Stadium this summer, with it believed the presence of brother Kolo would be enough to persuade Toure to leave the Nou Camp. Just one season after signing from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.

However, Toure told both Wenger and his brother that he was happy at the Catalan club and had no wish to move to the Premiership with the Gunners.

“Both Wenger and my brother told me in the summer that I should join Arsenal, but I told them that I am very happy at Barcelona,” he said on RAC-1 radio.

Toure has not featured to heavily in Barca’s first few games in La Liga, despite Barcelona’s poor start to the Spanish season, but the midfielder acknowledges that the Blaugrana's have a star packed squad at the Nou Camp and that he must be patient for his chance.

“We cannot play with twelve. I am physically fit, but one must respect the coach's decision,” he explained.

“I am a professional and if I am not playing that I must be patient for the good of the team.

“When you pull on a Barca shirt you are representing one of the biggest clubs in the world and you have to win every game.

“The competition is good. We have two very good players for every position and that is crucial when you are playing for the best team in the world.

“Now we have to play well and with real spirit. All the players are conscious that this season we have to win something."

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