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Feb 17, 2014

Yaya Toure: No regrets about City move

Manchester City host Barcelona in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg, City's first ever experience of knockout football in the competition.

Yaya Toure has insisted he has no regrets about his decision to leave Barcelona for Manchester City, while also hitting back at accusations he left the Camp Nou for a pay rise.

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Toure, 30, faces his former club for the first time since his transfer in 2010 when City host the Liga leaders in the Champions League at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

But while he left a Barca team that would go on to be acclaimed as one of the greatest sides ever after their 2011 Champions League win over Manchester United, the Ivory Coast international is adamant he made the right choice.

He said: “I won a lot of trophies with them [Barcelona] and from my point of view, you can’t win more than six trophies [in one year] and for me it was the right time to move on.

“I couldn’t do anything else more and to come to Manchester City was the right move and to try and make history with them.”

Toure helped City win the FA Cup in 2011, their first trophy for 35 years, and then the Premier League title 12 months later.

The midfielder is unhappy, though, that his motives were questioned when he joined the club, insisting he knew he had made the right choice immediately after moving.

“As soon as I moved to City [I knew it was the right decision],” he said. “People criticise me, thinking I come for something [money]. Since 2011, I have won a couple of trophies. This is the club who do everything for me and I am very happy to be here.”

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