Record-breaking Manchester City give Touré a fitting send-off

Record-breaking Manchester City give Touré a fitting send-off

"The league is won, now it's the records".

City's +78 goal difference will also break the previous best of +71 - yet another Chelsea record - once the season is officially over. I think, especially, the Brighton team didn't want me to score but the most important thing was we broke the record, we scored more goals.

"To be the best we have to win more", he added.

After the game a presentation was made to Toure by his brother and former City team-mate Kolo Toure, who had been invited as a surprise special guest by the club.

City set a Premier League points and goals record even if last night's win over Brighton felt more like a testimonial than a top-flight game.

Despite his legendary status, he has hardly figured under Pep Guardiola this season - and is looking to move to another Premier League club.

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Guardiola, talking ahead of City's final home game of the season against Brighton, remained relaxed about the situation, not least because club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, plus chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain are all personal friends.

"We've managed to get some good results against the top six at home and make games as close as possible - Tottenham away and Chelsea away when for long periods we were very much in the games".

But he was also in no rush to look beyond next season in terms of pledging where his future lies and declined the opportunity to answer directly when asked if he would definitely sign a new deal.

"If anyone is going to be a legend at this Club, it's this man", Kompany said.

However, Guardiola always valued Toure's influence as a player, on and off the field. "Thank you for being a wonderful teammate both in the dressing room and on the pitch". "We will try to play for him and win for him", the City boss said.

Leroy Sane is set for new contract talks at Manchester City.

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