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Inter manager Roberto Mancini on mission to net Toure reunion

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has expressed an interest in signing midfielder Yaya Toure for his current club Inter Milan.

Toure was hugely influential for Mancini's side during the Italian's spell in charge at the Etihad Stadium from 2009-13.

Ivory Coast international Toure won the FA Cup and the Premier League under Mancini after joining the club for £24m from Barcelona in 2010.

Mancini has remained an admirer of the 31-year-old and, now in charge at Inter for a second spell, would welcome him to the San Siro if available.

"Yaya is one of the strongest players in the world," said Mancini. "He still is.

"He has played in so many teams. He has been in leagues in Belgium, Russia, Spain and England. Italy is the one missing. This could be the right opportunity for him to come and try.

"We are building a team. There are players that change the look of a team, and Yaya is one of them.

"Next year we could try. We need to bring three champions, and we will see that we will be ready to fight for the Scudetto."

Mancini, who was sacked by City after defeat in the 2013 FA Cup final, added: "I am very proud of what I did at the club. We changed the mentality."

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