But Toure battled his way back into Guardiola's first team, earning a new contract, and he has been a firm fixture in the Catalan's pre-season plans.
We can play good and we can win games. I'm a type of player with a lot of experience.More news: Watch out Dunphys: The Beckhams take over the Modern Family set
"Of course, they played for United, but they said that both clubs are fantastic and that I would enjoy the Premier League because it's the best league, the stadiums are always full, and people love football".
"But now the core of the team are used to it and the incoming players need to adapt quick because this year is going to be tough. But that spurs us even more, everybody writing us off already, so I hope we can prove them wrong".
March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season. "We have to do it as soon as possible and be sharp and ready to play".More news: 30 children dead in Gorakhpur hospital, govt orders magisterial probe
It isn't a coincidence that Spurs' best run in the Premier League has come when their defence has been led by some of the finest defenders in England - and it isn't a coincidence that Manchester City won the league titles in the seasons where Vincent Kompany was relatively free of major injuries.
Despite an injury-hit debut season with City following his January move from Palmeiras, Jesus still scored seven times and produced four assists in his 10 Premier League games. "But it has been good for the confidence so far".More news: Pro-Dominion Diamond Corp Institutional Investors Sentiment Runs High in 2016 Q4
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