Former Manchester City star Yaya Touré will line up for his new club Olympiacos against AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night – but he could quite easily have been playing for their rivals Inter.
Touré joined Olympiacos for a second spell after his City contract expired in the summer, an exit which led to a controversial interview in which he blasted Pep Guardiola, was heavily linked with a move to Inter in his latter years at City.
And speaking ahead of Olympiacos’ game against Milan, revealed that he was very close to joining Inter, who were then coached by former City boss Roberto Mancini.
“I was ready to join Inter but at the last minute everything went wrong: City was opposed to my transfer,” Touré revealed.
The 35-year-old couldn’t hide his admiration for Mancini either, after the two worked together in a new era of success for Manchester City.
“For me, Roberto Mancini is a special person, he often calls me after the games: I have great respect for him.”