Toure disappointed by birthday row and transfer talk

Yaya Toure admits he was disappointed with the birthday row that took place with Manchester City over the summer, and the subsequent speculation about his future, reports BBC Sport.

Toure was linked with a move away from the Etihad in the summer, after supporting his agents claim that the club had ‘disrespected him’ on his 31st birthday.

But speaking to BBC’s Football Focus, Toure said: “My agent made a little joke about it and people took it seriously.

“I was quite surprised about the way people and the media reacted to that.”

At the time of the incident, Toure’s agent said: “None of them shook his hand on his birthday. It’s really sick.”

Toure initially distanced himself from Seluk’s comments, but then took to Twitter to say: “Everything Dimitri said is true. He speaks for me. I will explain after the World Cup.”

The former Barcelona man has since moved to set the record straight, saying: “Over the summer there was a lot of speculation about birthday cakes and rubbish like that. It was disappointing for me.

“I’ve been in Manchester for four years now and I have never demanded a birthday cake.”

Toure insists he is happy to stay at Manchester City, and hopes he can reward the fans with success in the Champions League this season.

“I know the fans love me; they are always good to me,” he said. “My target now is the Champions League. I want to win it for them.”