Toure happy to come in from the cold

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Yaya Toure ad­mits he feels re­born af­ter re­turn­ing from ex­ile to play a key role in Manch­ester City’s Premier League ti­tle chal­lenge. Toure, 33, ap­peared des­tined to leave City af­ter being frozen out by new man­ager Pep Guardi­ola ear­lier in the sea­son. But the Ivory Coast mid­fielder has en­joyed a re­mark­able re­nais­sance in the space of just six weeks. Sur­pris­ingly brought in from the cold by Guardi­ola af­ter the res­o­lu­tion of a row with his agent in Novem­ber, Toure has re­gained his old place at the heart of City’s mid­field en­gine room. The for­mer Barcelona star de­liv­ered his lat­est im­pres­sive dis­play as City over­came Hull 3-0 at the KCOM Sta­dium on Box­ing Day to stay in touch with lead­ers Chelsea. “I look like a kid, just en­joy­ing play­ing foot­ball and help­ing my team-mates and the fans. It’s very im­por­tant to me,” Toure said. — AFP

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