Mancini invites Man City’s Toure to Inter

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini would welcome a reunion with Yaya Toure at Inter as Football Italia reports Mancio claiming Serie A is the next step for the well-travelled Ivory Coast international.

Mancini was in charge at the Etihad Stadium when Toure left Barcelona for City in 2010, having spent the previous three seasons in Catalonia. Toure began his professional career in Belgium with Beveren, spent time in Ukraine with Metalurg Donetsk, had a year in Greece at Olympiakos and moved to Ligue 1 with principality side Monaco before landing in La Liga.

It is Toure’s tendency to travel the world that leads Mancini to believe a stop in Italy should be next for the 31-year-old, who the manager rates as among the best players currently in the game. “Yaya is one of the best players in the world,” Mancini told an Italian media outlet. “He still would be [if he came to Italy]. He’s played for a lot of teams. He’s been to Belgium, Russia, Spain and England, but he’s missing Italy. It could be a good opportunity for him to come and try.”

Mancini also pointed to the project underway at San Siro as a reason Toure could consider turning out for the Nerazzurri, Mancini having replaced Walter Mazzarri earlier in the season. “We’re building, but there are players who can immediately change the face of a team and Yaya is one of them,” the former Galatasaray boss continued. “Next year we can prove ourselves, with three signings you’ll see that we’ll be ready for the Scudetto fight.”

Toure has made more than 200 appearances for City, winning the Premier League title twice – once under Mancini and again under Mancini’s successor, Manuel Pellegrini. Mancini and Toure also lifted the FA Cup in their time together in England.

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