Yaya: I wish I’d been more like Mario

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YAYA TOURE says he is en­vi­ous of con­tro­ver­sial Manch­ester City team-mate Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli has been rep­ri­manded for throw­ing darts at the train­ing ground and has seen his home go up in flames fol­low­ing a fire­work prank since join­ing the Premier League lead­ers.

But Toure claimed the 21-year-old Ital­ian is mis­un­der­stood – and wishes he had been as com­mit­ted as Balotelli when he was younger.

Ivory Coast ace Toure said: “He is such a pow­er­ful guy and his con­cen­tra­tion lev­els are un­be­liev­able.

“He is young, so some­times one or two things he does are maybe mis­un­der­stood.

“But for me it is all part of his charm.

“What­ever you hear about him is new­pa­per stuff and I wish I had been as com­mit­ted as him when I was his age.”

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