Yaya Toure: Title will make up for PFA Player of the Year award disappointment

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez beat the Ivorian to the prestigious award but the former Barcelona ace is now focusing solely on claiming his second English championship crown

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure admits that he was “disappointed” to see Luis Suarez beat him to the PFA Player of the Year award but expects to put the pain behind him by winning the Premier League title.

After a catastrophic collapse from Suarez’s Liverpool, Manuel Pellegrini’s men need just a point from their clash with West Ham at the Etihad Stadium to clinch their second championship in three years.

And Toure, who has scored 20 goals and provided eight assists in league play this season, is confident of finishing the job to ease his own frustration.

“To be honest, I was disappointed with the PFA award because I’m a competitor,” he told reporters. “The most important thing, though, is trophies for the team. We always remind each other of that.

“It was not only me who was in the running for the award and we have a number of players who have had excellent seasons.

“We definitely expect to win the title. As a top team, we expect to win it.”

City have already won the Capital One Cup this season – beating Sunderland 3-1 in the Wembley final – but Toure insists that that success is “not enough” for the club.

“The target is always to win something each season and for us, the League Cup is not enough,” he added.

“The Premier League is always our target so we need to do a job against West Ham on Sunday and, with our fans behind us, we know we can do it again.

“We’ve worked so hard this year and, if we don’t win, it will be a massive disappointment for us and for the fans as well. We need to see the job through.”

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