Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has uncovered why City manager Pep Guardiola and his colleagues call him “grandpa” and “uncle” in the dressing room
Guardiola calls the Cote d’Ivoire international “grandpa” since he is the old hand among Manchester City squad, while the youthful players in the squad call him “uncle” because of his experience and protective figure at the club.
Toure insists that despite his age he still set the pace for youngsters in the team and helps them grow.
“Sometimes when I am training and I am in front of them, I say, – The uncle is in front, you need to follow me or pass me!,” Toure told reporters.
“But it’s good. The atmosphere is fantastic at the moment – that’s why you see the team winning at the moment, the winning mentality, the team is starting to get it now I think.
“It’s good to keep going and set an example to the younger players. I say to them all the time at training, ‘When I was younger like you, I carried on playing, game after game’.
“They say, ‘No!’ and I say, ‘Look at me in 2010-11, I was playing all the games, non-stop’.
“Even if the manager said to me to have a rest, I said no. It’s positive for the group, keeping going. If we want to win silverware this year, or maybe two trophies, we have to continue playing like this, and winning as well.”