Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes Manchester City will be “kicking themselves” for allowing him to leave during the summer.
Toure moved to Anfield on a free transfer after his four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium expired.
The Ivory Coast international was made City’s captain soon after arriving in Manchester from Arsenal for 14 million pounds in July 2009, but he lost the armband to Carlos Tevez the following season, slipped down the pecking order for defensive places and made only 10 Premier League starts last term.
The 32-year-old has regained his status as a top-flight regular since moving to Liverpool, though, starting eight of their 12 league games so far.
“I was better than certain players at Manchester City but I was left on the bench,” Toure was quoted as saying in The Sun. “Before I left the club, I told the people in charge that they would regret letting me go.
“People said I was finished and that I could never get back to my former level, but now I am at Liverpool -- and I am sure that City must be kicking themselves when they see how I am performing.”
Toure compared his situation to that of his younger brother Yaya, 30, who lost his place in Barcelona’s midfield to Sergio Busquets under Pep Guardiola’s management, and was then allowed to join Manchester City in July 2010.
The defender said: “I have had a similar experience to Yaya. Managers come to clubs bringing players with them and they want to pick them at all costs -- whether they are any good or not.
“Yaya was much better than Sergio Busquets at Barcelona, but he was behind him in the pecking order and he found that hard to accept. I advised him to come to Manchester City while I was still there.
“He listened to his big brother’s advice -- and now he is the big boss on the field for them.”