Yaya Toure has a mission at Manchester City and it is to put Manchester United in the shadows of his club.
The midfielder looked to be out of the first team picture at City, following a public spat with Pep Guardiola, involving his agent Dimitri Seluk.
After a belated apology, the 33-year-old has returned to the lineup and has been instrumental for the club.
Toure is out of contract at the club he joined in 2010 at the end of the current campaign but maintains he has unfinished business having regained form and match fitness – most notably making a dent in United’s record mark of 20 English titles.
“I came to this club to make history,” he told reporters. “I want this club to change, I want this club to be bigger than United. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but that’s my dream.
“I have been lucky to play at big clubs – Barcelona, Olympiacos. Those teams were always used to being champions. But City, it was something different, something changing and I am happy now. Every single year we are always involved in the title race.
“Even though we lost, and something changed or something was bad, the following year the owner put more money into the club and got better players to make it better. That’s what I like, the challenge, I love a challenge.
“I want to make something very important. I already won two Premier League titles and I want more than that, another new story.”
“I feel 20 now,” he added. “My role is to keep the team moving, win the ball, organise, talk to the players, I have the experience. We are a team that wants to play football but sometimes you have to tell the players to be careful, especially on the counter-attack.
“I belong on the field. But even if I’m not playing I want to be at the stadium to watch. I always want to progress. I will be fully prepared for any situation. I will give 100 per cent for this club, for these fans. These fans are the only ones who always sing my name, who give happiness to my family.
“If I can do more for them I will do it. I always fight to make the team one step better.”