Yaya is the man in the spotlight
- Thu 10 May 2012, 9:43AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Yaya Toure proved he is the man for the big occasion last weekend, and he's getting plenty of coverage at the moment.
He's featured very rarely outside of match coverage since his arrival from Barcelona two years ago, but it seems that his impact now means background articles and even transfer talk.
On the latter first, comments about his affection for his previous employers have been interpreted as that old comedy favourite, "the come and get me plea"!
The Mirror's take is, "Yaya Toure has stunned champions-elect Manchester City by revealing he wants to return to Barcelona.
"Toure, whose goals in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle have taken City to the brink of their first title since 1968, is keen to end his career back in La Liga.
"The midfield colossus, who turns 29 on Sunday, has three years left on his current deal with City following his £24million move from Barca in 2010.
"But Toure’s admission will be greeted with dismay by the club, given the huge impact the Ivorian has had on Roberto Mancini and his side this season."
The Mail goes in-depth on Yaya's background, with the way he makes everything look so easy flagged up by a former team-mate
"‘Look at the first goal he scored at Newcastle on Sunday, he made it look easy. Just look at the way he did that. He won the Champions League at Barcelona playing beside (Gerard) Pique in central defence. He made it look easy.
"‘I think he looked bored sometimes playing for Barcelona. It all comes easy. In Beveren he had that — in France they call it nonchalance.'"
Sport360, based in the UAE, reckon Maradona will be at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday. He was here for the derby, as you'll know from our brilliant CityTV tunnel cam video - and this week he'll be back.
"'I will be even happier if City can clinch the league so I can celebrate with my family, it will be a great occasion,' said the former Argentina manager.
"Should Aguero and City finish the job on Sunday, the Citizens’ forward will be following in the illustrious footsteps of his father-in-law, with Maradona having claimed trophies in Spain, Italy and Argentina, as well as his crowning glory in Mexico ‘86."