Yaya Toure has admitted he “often” feels unhappy at Manchester City because of the way the English media prefers to focus on the negatives.
Toure has led Manchester City to two Premier League titles since joining from Barcelona in 2010 but has regularly come in for criticism whenever his performance levels are deemed to have dropped.
The Ivory Coast midfielder has launched into a critique of his treatment from the media, accusing them of ignoring the positive contribution he has made at City.
He told L’Equipe: “In recent weeks, journalists have spoken about a new beginning for me. But what new beginning?
“I’m coming off a season when Man City finished second in the Premier League, which is the most difficult in the world. I scored twelve goals, I also had to leave the club to join my national team who were playing the African Cup. I missed almost two months (of Premier League football), and I then I was criticised for not scoring as many goals as in the season before.
“You understand a little my disgust. Here, when it’s bad, they (English journalists) highlight the faults. When it’s good, they say nothing.
“They have always used their little ways to annoy me, to exclude me. I often feel that I’m unhappy. A lot.
“Here, things are never as they say should be. Shouldn’t we be more interested in mentioning the positive rather than the negative?
“We, Africans, when we do a good job, we like to be rewarded, recognised. Because if a player is given fair value, we move faster. That’s what I think.
“When I came to City, in 2010, I heard people say here that I would kill football!
“I arrived from Barcelona as a player who had not played too much the last few months, and they did not understand. The journalists spoke of my salary (about 1 million euros per month), saying that it was a shame. But I was just at this club to help it grow and win titles.
“Many people, beasts, I must say, have laughed at me when I said that. They wondered what I, Yaya Toure, could do to change City. And then you saw what happened next? We almost won everything.
“I did it, we did it because I was not alone, of course, but no one said a thing. It’s a bit disgusting.
“These people are not very smart. I do not have the habit of making shock interviews, I only say what I think. I’ve suffered for years, and now I have decided to talk. I mean everything.”
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