In a story that will have a mixed response in Manchester, Yaya Toure has said he thought he was being approached by United when his agent told him of City’s interest in 2010.
The Ivory Coast star was at Barcelona when he moved to the Etihad in the summer of 2010, but such was United’s fame and dominance back then that they were known only as ‘Manchester’ across Europe.
That led to the 32-year-old Toure believing it was the red half of the city that were interested in his services, but he was mistaken and ‘made a good choice’ signing a five-year deal at City for a fee of £24millon.
“When I was at Barcelona and initially approached by Manchester City I thought it was Manchester United that wanted me,” said Toure 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.
The midfielder, who penned a new four-year deal in 2013, has one year left on his current deal but with the arrival of Pep Guardiola he looks likely to move on in the summer.