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Kolo ready for climb to top

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Kolo Toure is ready to climb football’s medal mountain for a second time.

Having been festooned with medals during a glittering stay at Arsenal, the Ivory Coast defender is planning on the taste of success being just as sweet the second time around.

Toure bagged a Premier League title and two FA Cup victories whilst a Gunner and is determined to add to his personal roll of honour.

When he left for City in 2009 there were many ready to write him off, even more so when he missed some of the last campaign through injury.

But a string of tip-top performances alongside Vincent Kompany in a miserly defence have silenced the doubters and 29-year-old Toure is promising there is still improvement left in him.

“I feel so much fitter now than I did last season, I have been happy with my form but there is more to come. I can still get better,” he declared.

There was always going to be a period of adjustment because it is not easy to move clubs when you have been used to one way of football life for eight years

...Kolo Toure


“Now I am settled in Manchester, I know everyone at the club; I know how it all works and feel very happy and comfortable with the way things are going.”

The Blues resume their Barclays Premier League programme at Blackpool this weekend, the first time in 40 years that they have visited Bloomfield Road in a top flight contest.

Roberto Mancini’s men are looking for a fourth straight win in the competition to maintain the pressure on leaders Chelsea.

“We have to be pleased with what we have done so far,” he went on. “But we know we will get better as the season progresses, as we get to know one another and as the injured players begin to come back.

“I came here to win trophies and play Champions League football and that is what we are all working hard to achieve.

“I have played in one great team and I want to be part of another one. I think I still have five or six years to play at the top level and I want to make the most of them.

“People who know me, know that I am as enthusiastic about the game as I have ever been. I look forward to coming into work every single day and seeing this City side keep improving.” 

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