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Aubameyang beats Toure to win African player of the year

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure missed out on a fifth successive African player of the year award as his reign was ended by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Confederation of African Football announced Ivory Coast international Toure was edged out by Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang, who polled 143 voting points to Toure's 136 among national coaches.

Aubameyang has been sensational for Dortmund. Credit: PA

Aubameyang scored 41 goals and claimed 11 assists for his club and country during 2015, including a haul of 18 strikes in 17 Bundesliga games so far this season.

The 26-year-old winner wrote on Instagram: "Thanks to my Father and Mother thanks to my son and his Mom thanks to my family to my friends to my teammates @bvb09 and from Gabon national team thanks to my fans and thanks God and everybody."

Toure, who won the African Nations Cup with his country last February, was sorry to miss out on extending his streak of personal accolades at the ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday night.

He said: "I'm quite disappointed, but I don't want to complain too much. I just want to give credit to Aubameyang - you've been doing brilliantly well this year."

Swansea and Ghana forward Andre Ayew finished third in the poll with 112 points.

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Inter Milan confirm intention to sign Yaya Toure

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has said the club are determined to sign Yaya Toure from Manchester City.

Toure is a target for ex-Man City manager Roberto Mancini. Credit: PA

The Ivory Coast midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Inter would appear a logical destination given they are coached by former City boss Roberto Mancini, who brought Toure to the Premier League from Barcelona in 2010.

Asked about the chances of signing the Ivorian, Thohir said in an interview with Indonesian newspaper Tempo: "Chances? I do not know. What is clear is we will continue to try to bring him here."

Toure's adviser Dimitri Seluk has cast doubt on the player's position at City, claiming recently that he was "90 per cent" certain to leave this summer.

The midfielder, who turned 32 on Wednesday, was urged to stay by fans, who sang 'Happy Birthday' to him during Sunday's 6-0 defeat of QPR, with some even creating a giant card.

Toure memorably became embroiled in a farcical row last year over how the club celebrated his birthday.

Man City midfielder wants tougher punishments for racism

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has called for stronger punishments against racism in football.

The Ivorian has been on the end of racist abuse during his and believes the authorities need to make a stand against culprits.

Yaya Toure thinks punishments are weak currently. Credit: PA

"I have been in the situation where there have been monkey chants and it's difficult to deal with that. As sportsmen you want to continue to the end but when you hear something like that it hurts you and breaks you," Toure said.

"You need to give them a radical sanction - paying a 20,000 [pound] fine is not enough, you need to do more."

Man City have a birthday plan for Toure

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has joked that the club must celebrate Yaya Toure's birthday properly this year.

Midfielder Toure was at the centre of a bizarre row about cake last year after his agent claimed City did not do enough to mark the Ivorian's 31st birthday.

Yaya Toure has been woeful at times this season. Credit: PA

Toure turns 32 next Wednesday and Pellegrini was asked at his latest press conference if he had found a suitable cake for the occasion.

"Are you sure it is next week?" he asked with a smile. "We will think what is the best thing for him. It is important to learn from the mistakes that you have (made) in the past!"

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