Yaya Toure thought he was being approached by Manchester United when his agent told him of the interest in 2010 – but insists he has ‘no regrets’ about signing for Manchester City.
The Ivorian was playing for Barcelona when he moved to the Etihad, going on to establish himself as a Blues legend during a trophy-laden stint with the club.
Such is United’s fame across the continent they are known only as ‘Manchester’, and that led to Toure believing it was the Red Devils that were interested in his services.
“When I was at Barcelona and initially approached by Manchester City I thought it was Manchester United that wanted me,” Toure said in quotes in the Daily Mirror.
“My agent had to tell me it was the team in the blue shirts.
“At the time Manchester United were putting Manchester City in the shadows. It was unbelievable. Manchester United is a big club and I respect that club a lot.
“It was a big challenge but I came because I knew they were going to succeed and we would win trophies, compete with the big clubs and with Manchester United.
“This was the kind of club I wanted to have a story with and make history with. I made a good choice.”
Toure has gone on to score 72 goals in 263 appearances for City in all competitions since his arrival, winning two league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in the process.
However, with 2015/16 finishing trophyless, and the club set to welcome in new Pep Guardiola, Toure looks set to end his time at the club.