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We are family, says Ade

Adebayor and Toure

Adebayor and Toure

Emmanuel Adebayor has paid tribute to team mates both old and new for helping him in the opening few months of his City career.

Within a few days of moving to City in the summer, Ade had been joined by long-time Arsenal team mate Kolo Toure.

Teaming up once again with the man he calls his brother made the transition easy for Ade, but he says that being part of City's multi-talented squad, all facing the tough task of earning a start in the side, makes training a very lively affair.

Ade told mcfc.co.uk, "When I heard that City were interested in Kolo, when I finally had the chance to speak to him, I knew straight away that he would be joining us. He is a very good friend of mine, our wives are like sisters and I made things easy for him when he came here like he has made things easy for me in the past.

"We're like brothers, we help each other out on and off the pitch. If he needs something, I'm there to help him and if I need something he does the same. I'm really happy to call him my brother, and he really believes in what he is doing."

Analysing his new team mates, Ade is generous with is praise, saying, "Stephen Ireland is one of the most talented players I have seen, and Nigel de Jong is doing really well, he fights for his team all over the pitch and he has a lot of character.

"I have been very pleased to see Michael Johnson back in action. I did not really know about him before, but when I came here a few people told me that he was a great player. He's coming back from injury but now I have seen him in training, and I like his style of playing. He's very calm, even when it gets difficult he keeps calm, takes the ball and does what he think is the right thing. I've always admired that kind of player.

"In training everyone is tackling, fighting for the ball and talking to you, but that's what we need even in training because that's what will happen in every game. They are there to give you those difficult moments at the training ground, so everyone is fighting for the club, and it makes training very interesting!"

The Togolese international has also revealed that he now regrets his goal celebration when he faced his former club at the City of Manchester Stadium in September.

"The emotions took over, but I did not insult anyone. I slid on my knees, I was showing that you can insult me  but I am not the bad player that you think I was

"Do I regret it? Yes, of course. I am a human being. I wish I had not done it, but we are all human beings and we all make mistakes. We all have to fight through our mistakes to become a better man."

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