The ink had still not dried on Kolo Toure’s contract before he pitched up at the Carrington headquarters demanding to do some training.
That may not sound so unusual but a glance at the clock told those assembled to meet the workaholic Ivorian that it was approaching 8pm.
Boss Mark Hughes simply smiled knowingly when Kolo’s request met his ears for it is exactly that kind of uber-professionalism that the manger has been busily infusing into the dressing room since his arrival.
Proudly displaying the new away kit that will be available to fans from tomorrow lunchtime, Toure was at pains to explain that there is more to a winning team than just the god-given skills the individuals possess and that he hoped to pass on some of the mentality that characterised the Premier League winning ‘Invincible’ Arsenal team of which he was a key part.
“I didn’t train on Tuesday and didn’t want to miss two days in succession,” beamed Kolo when asked about his nocturnal desires.
“I don’t feel good if I don’t train and without work you cannot have success. We need to work really hard to be successful.
“Being successful is not just about the quality on the pitch. There has to be a winning spirit which there is here already but which we can build upon. I can bring some of that to Manchester City. I will do everything I can do to be one of the best here.”
Kolo has set his sights on silverware over the term of his four-year deal but warns that champions are forged over time not just instantly put together.
“It will be really hard to break into the top four because it is natural that we will need time to gel together but we have the quality,” he went on.
“We just need to work as a team. When you want to be on top it is about getting that winning spirit and there is so much you have to have. I have been there before so I know what is needed.
“I wanted to come to a club where I can enjoy football and have success. We can close the gap on the top four.”
Kolo is particularly pleased that he has been reunited with former Emirates teammate Emmanuel Adebayor to help him achieve his aims.
“Manu is a really good friend of mine. When he signed for City I knew it was a really good move for him and having him here is important to me. We are going to bring to City what we learned at Arsenal,” he declared.
“I was excited to come here not just because of the really good players that are here but because of the ambition that everyone has.
“There are a lot of good young players here too who have come through the ranks and that is important for a club. Micah Richards is just one of them. We now must blend and work together to bring success to City and try and win something.”