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Yaya Toure says he couldn't have wished for a more perfect way to bow out as a Manchester City player after an emotional send-off at the Etihad following the 3-1 win over Brighton. 

The midfield maestro is moving on this summer after eight memorable years with the Club and he was given a rapturous reception by the City fans last night. 

And as he reflected on the occasion, Yaya insisted he was happy rather than sad at saying goodbye. 

"It was a fantastic occasion and I was just happy to help the team break more records," said Yaya. 

"It was a special and amazing to hear the fans singing my name for the last time. 

"I'm not sad – I'm happy because I am leaving the club in a great position 

"The team have been brilliant all season, we have dominated this league and destroyed so many teams. 

"And I hope this continueS in the future for the team." 

There was an extra special surprise for Yaya, with his brother Kolo appearing on the pitch at full time to make a special presentation. 

"It was so special to see Kolo there - especially in his suit and I want to say thank you to the chairman and everyone for what they have done for me," Yaya added.