Yaya Toure has accused Manchester City of not allowing him to take a few days away from the club to visit his ill brother, the
Ibrahim Toure passed away from cancer last week and the Ivory Coast midfielder has told France Football that he wanted to be with his brother but instead had to go to Abu Dhabi to celebrate City’s Premier League title win.
“I confess that I am still very sad. I’m suffering because I feel I have done nothing useful for him the last few weeks,” Toure said. “At the end of the season, I wanted to stay for four or five days with my brother before I flew to prepare for the World Cup with Ivory Coast, except that City did not want to give me a few days.
“I went to celebrate the title championship in Abu Dhabi while my brother was in his sickbed. By fortune, Kolo was at his bedside,” he continued. “After that I blame myself for not insisting and for not leading them to respect me. However, club officials knew that I had been suffering for a few months seeing the health of my brother decline.”
Toure added that concern for his brother was at the root of his injuries towards the end of the season as he was unable to prepare properly for matches. “My head had taken control of my body,” Toure explained. “These last four months have probably been the hardest in my life.”
The 31-year-old is currently at the World Cup with his country, who play Greece later today and could progress from Group C with the right set of results. Toure made 49 appearances for City last season, scoring 24 goals.