Transfer news

Toure open to PSG move

December 3, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has again indicated that he could be willing to join Paris St Germain in January if he is not offered more playing time.

Kolo Toure
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Toure, the former City captain, has fallen down the pecking order since returning from a six-month ban for failing a drug test, and he now accepts that he may need to leave Eastlands to play regular first-team football again.

"It's hard to foresee oneself leaving during the January window when you're at City, but everything can happen very quickly in football," he was quoted as saying in The Sun. "It'll depend on how much playing time I get."

Asked about a possible move to Paris St Germain, he said: "Again, it'll all be down to game time I get with City. I want to play matches and if things don't progress I'll ask myself questions.

"PSG are a big club these days, like City, Arsenal or AC Milan. They want to become one of the world's best clubs and are investing money in great players. They're not to be sneezed at. I can't think of a single player who would refuse to join PSG."

Toure was also hit with a six-week fine in November in a move that PFA chief Gordon Taylor labelled "strange", but the defender insists he has accepted the decision.

"I was surprised to be fined by City. It was difficult for me, although the people at the club explained their reasons to me," he said. "I accepted it in order to put an end to the matter and to get back playing once more.

"I'm 30, at the peak of my career and I want to prove to certain people I'm still hungry and they're wrong about me. Playing so little since my suspension ended has been a tricky situation.

"I know it'll be hard for me to regain my first-team place, as the side is doing well and getting results. The main thing is to stay in form, so if the boss needs me I can answer the call.

"The six-month ban was tough for me. It came out of the blue. I hadn't expected it at all. Luckily I was able to train for five months with City and strengthen myself physically and mentally."