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Robero Mancini wants to sign Man City's Yaya Toure this summer for Inter Milan

Roberto Mancini wants a reunion with Yaya Toure. Credit: PA

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has expressed an interest in signing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure this summer.

Mancini, who managed Toure at City, is a big admirer of the Ivory Coast international and believes the 31-year-old would be a great addition to his squad.

"Yaya is one of the strongest players in the world," Mancini told Italian newspaper Il Giornale. "He still is.

"He has played in so many teams. He has been in leagues in Belgium, Russia, Spain and England. Italy is the one missing. This could be the right opportunity for him to come and try.

"We are building a team. There are players that change the look of a team, and Yaya is one of them.

"Next year we could try. We need to bring three champions, and we will see that we will be ready to fight for the Scudetto."

Toure is under contract with City until June 2017 and has scored seven goals in 18 Premier League appearances this season.

Man City boss Pellegrini: Abu Dhabi trip not to blame

Manuel Pellegrini says his Manchester City squad were not impacted by a midweek to Abu Dhabi for warm weather training and a friendly with Hamburg.

The City squad only arrived back in the UK on Friday afternoon, ahead of their FA Cup with Middlesbrough, which they went on to lose 2-0.

Manuel Pellegrini won't blame travel. Credit: PA

"I don't think so," said Pellegrini at his post-match press conference, when asked about the matter. "I don't agree but you can have your opinion. I have a different opinion.

"We had six or seven clear chances to score at the beginning. I think we played very well.

"After they scored the goal we were disorderly and they had another counter-attack and they could score more goals.

"But it is very easy to say that (about Abu Dhabi). I don't think that is the reason.

"You can analyse the game and if you think that is the reason, that is your reason but I have a different opinion from that."

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Man Utd shirt sales four times higher in London than Manchester

Man United shirts are sold four times more often in London. Credit: PA

Man United shirts are sold four times more often in London than in Manchester, according to figures released by Sports Direct.

The sports department store claim that 44.71% of United shirts are purchased in the capital, while only 10.33% are bought in Manchester.

The local news for Red Devils' supporters is somewhat more heartening, with United shirts out selling those of rivals Man City by fifteen to one in Manchester.

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