Man City’s Yaya Toure ‘felt bad’ about Mario Balotelli & Carlos Tevez exits

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he was "very unhappy" when Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez quit the Citizens

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Mario Balotelli joined AC Milan from Manchester City in January Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

Yaya Toure has spoken of his affection for former Manchester City stars Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez.

The controversial pair are plying their trade in Serie A after Mario Balotelli moved to AC Milan in the January transfer window before Carlos Tevez joined Italian champions Juventus in the summer.

And Toure, who helped City seal a 3-1 win at West Ham United on Saturday, admits he misses the pair and hopes to come up against them in the Champions League in the coming seasons.

“I hope there will be the opportunity for Mario and Carlos to return to Manchester in the Champions League. I’m waiting for them here. When we lost them I felt bad,” Toure is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“Mario is not just a friend, he is like a brother. I like him a lot and I was very unhappy when he went to Milan.

“The paparazzi followed him everywhere and never left him in peace.

“It was difficult for him. I tried to counsel him and help him.

“Carlos is superb, my favourite striker. I adore him.

“He is one who works hard, he is a great professional and friend. With him Juve will do very well.”

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