Manchester City's Yaya Toure hits back at Wayne Rooney: 'Hopefully he won't be laughing at the end of the season'

The Ivory Coast international has struck back after the Manchester United striker poked fun at the 28-year-old following his country's Africa Cup of Nations final defeat to Zambia
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has hit back at Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United striker taunted him and his brother Kolo on Twitter.

Rooney used the social networking site to poke fun at the two Ivory Coast internationals after they lost the Africa Cup of Nations final to Zambia last week.

"If Rooney thought Ivory Coast losing was funny then that’s up to him. I like Rooney. He is a great player," Toure told the Sunday Mirror "He will know a lot of the Ivory Coast players like me, Kolo, [Cheick] Tiote and [Didier] Drogba so he’ll have an opinion."

Toure also revealed that his country's loss in the final serve as additional motivation to help City win the Premier League title.

"I think many people believed Ivory Coast would win. Even my friends said to me that they thought it was impossible that we would lose," Toure admitted. "All I can say is that losing in the African Nations has made my determination to win the Premier League even bigger. Hopefully at the end of the season it will be me laughing and not Rooney. That would be good."

Zambia emerged victorious on penalties after the Africa Cup of Nations final remained goalless after 90 minutes and extra time, with Didier Drogba missing from the spot in normal time.

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