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Ivorian has admitted he wishes to end his career with former club Barcelona, but not before he has left his mark at the Etihad Stadium, starting with the league crown

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Yaya Toure has claimed he joined Manchester City to "make history" and admitted winning the Premier League would be his biggest accomplishment.

The Ivorian revealed his wish to end his career at former club Barcelona earlier in the week, but was keen to stress his immediate commitment to Roberto Mancini’s side and his determination to seal the title.

He told CNN World Sport: "It is very important because when City wanted to sign me from Barcelona, they were thinking about bringing a good player to try to add to the club and make history in four years."

"It [winning the title] was the first objective I had when I came here because if you want to make history you have to win.

"We always believe in ourselves because we’ve got fantastic players. I think the key was when [Roberto] Mancini told us, ‘we don’t have to give up because the Premier League is like that and maybe [Manchester] United can drop some points and we can come back'."

Toure also believes his side can go on to challenge in the Champions League as they gain more top-level experience.

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In their debut season in the competition, City were knocked out in the group stages after being placed alongside Napoli and finalists Bayern Munich.

Toure added: "We’re doing fantastic and we have to go step-by-step, learn more because the Champions League is one of the toughest competitions in the world.

"You have to get the luck, you have to be strong, you have to be good too because you can’t forget you have a top team there, Barcelona and Madrid in front, even Chelsea, United, Bayern.

"It’s going to be tough but I think we’re on a good way to be a big team."

The 28-year-old also admitted that the squad had been affected by off-field controversies surrounding members of the team throughout the season.

Carlos Tevez missed five months of the campaign after publicly falling out with Mancini after reportedly refusing to warm up against Bayern Munich in September, while Mario Balotelli has courted much media attention for his antics.

"It’s difficult sometimes because when you have some important players, big quality players like that and they make something wrong sometimes it’s difficult because football is a game for all the group,” Toure concluded.

"You live together, you see each other more than you see your family, and you have to be careful because when somebody, when one of your team mates is wrong it can affect the rest of the players. "

*** CNN WORLD SPORT ***

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