Toure believes in City future
Manchester City tackle Barcelona at Camp Nou tomorrow night, and next time Kolo Toure wants it to be for real. With scheduled Premier League opponents Everton on UEFA Europa League duty, Mark Hughes's side have found themselves with a gap in their schedule.
They have filled it with an encounter against the number one side in Europe; Barcelona having won the UEFA Champions League last May with a clinical reverse of Manchester United in Rome. Toure knows what that feeling is like, even if it took two late goals from Barça to overhaul the Arsenal team he was part of in 2006.
The Ivorian left the Emirates this summer to reinforce City's defence, as they look to make a big imprint on the game. And one of the targets he has set for his new employers is to face the Catalan giants in Champions League combat themselves.
"That is my dream and something I want to be part of," he said. "People here are working very hard to get there. We saw it happen with Chelsea, why not Manchester City?"
City certainly started this season off on the right foot with a 2-0 triumph at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Toure produced a typically effective performance on his debut at Ewood Park.
Thereafter, City have kept a low profile in their pursuit of Joleon Lescott. Hughes remains keen to bring the England centre-back to Eastlands to forge a partnership with Toure, and various loan options have been mentioned in a bid to break the impasse.
With less than two weeks before the transfer window closes, and Phil Jagielka nursing a cruciate injury that will keep him on the sidelines beyond Christmas, the prospect of Richard Dunne returning to Goodison Park might be appealing. However, David Moyes has so far given no indication of being willing to strike a deal, despite Lescott's desire to leave.
In the meantime, Toure will tomorrow face his brother Yaya - suspended in 2006 - for the first time. "It will be the first time I have played against my brother for Barcelona, and will be a great game," said the City player.
"We talk a lot. We didn't talk about me coming to City at first but when I was signing and told him I was coming here, he was quite happy."