Yaya and Kolo to leave City for Africa after United cup clash, admits Mancini
Africa”s finest: Yaya Toure with his award after being named 2011 African Footballer of the Year in Accra
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has virtually accepted defeat in his bid to keep the Toure brothers in England beyond the FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester United on January 8.
City midfielder Yaya Toure was named the 2011 African Footballer of the Year and has become a key member of Mancini”s Barclays Premier League table-toppers.
Mancini has often spoken of his concern at how his side would cope without Kolo and, in particular, Yaya, who are required for the Ivory Coast”s African Nations Cup campaign.
Initially, the City chief expressed the hope that their departure could be delayed until after the Premier League encounter with Wigan at the DW Stadium on January 16.
That now appears unlikely, with the pair now also set to miss the Carling Cup semi-final first-leg against Liverpool on January 11.
“It is difficult but I think they will leave us after United,” said Mancini. “We have talked with their manager three days ago and will talk again with the Ivory Coast president.
“We will try but it is difficult.”
Blow: City will be without Yaya and brother Kolo Toure (left) for several weeks
Instead, there is the potential for bringing in additional reinforcements. Cash is available for transfers but with UEFA”s Financial Fair Play demands to be met, Mancini knows he will have to sell before he can buy.
“We should sell some of our players before we do anything,” he said. “After that maybe we can do something but at the moment there is nothing.”