Toure - I was forced out

Ivorian defender reveals the motives behind his decision to join City

Toure: Had to move on

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Kolo Toure has admitted that a falling out with an Arsenal team-mate forced his summer transfer to Manchester City.

The Ivory Coast international opted to make a switch to Eastlands after enduring a difficult 2008/09 campaign in North London.

Having been denied the playing time he craved, the experienced centre-half felt the time was right to move on.

He has, however, suggested that his lack of activity last term was the result of underhand tactics from a colleague.

The 28-year-old defender has refused to reveal the name of the culprit in question, but it is widely assumed that William Galls is the man to have incurred Toure's wrath.


"I had problems with certain players at Arsenal, especially one, whose name I will not say because I don't want to feed the controversy," Toure told Eurogoals One to One.

"I didn't have much time on the pitch last year because I think there's a player who got the manager believing that he and I had no understanding on the field. That did surprise me hugely."

Toure insists he did nothing to cause friction in the Arsenal camp, admitting that he had hoped to see out his playing days at Emirates Stadium.

"I have never looked to put a spoke in anyone's wheel at all," he added.

"My wish was to finish my career at Arsenal, but there are always banana skins."