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Yaya Toure believes he is somewhere close to finding his best form after several strong performances over the last month.

He was in sparkling form at Fulham and after missing the Stoke and Salzburg games, he returned against Bolton and again impressed, as well as playing the through ball from which Carlos Tevez scored the only goal.

Yaya admits his more advanced role in the team has taken longer than he expected to settle in to, but is enjoying supplementing the Blues’ swift counter-attacks.

“I want to improve all the time and feel I am getting closer to my best each time I play,” he said.

“I’ve had to change the way I play because I’m more of a central midfielder by nature, but I get forward a lot more at City and I’m still adapting to the change.

“I’m happy to play wherever the boss wants me to play because it’s not all about me - it’s about what is best for the team as a whole.

The key thing is I love my job and I love playing football so I’m always happy when I’m out on the pitch

...Yaya Toure


“The ambition of the club is to finish in the top four and because most of the top teams seem to be playing each other in the next few weeks, there is an opportunity for us to make up some ground or even overtake one or two sides, but we need to remain focused.

“West Ham may be bottom, but they won’t roll over and die for us – it will be difficult, especially on their own ground, but we know a win will set us up nicely for the Christmas games and extend our unbeaten run, too, which is very important.

“They have some good players and if we allow them to play, they could hurt us. We go there in good form and with our confidence high – we can’t afford to slip up and need to leave with three points.”

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