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Toure: 'I left Arsenal to win trophies'

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  • Defender Kolo Toure tells CNN he left Arsenal in order to win trophies
  • The 28-year-old feels Manchester City are the new "Chelsea"
  • Ivorian stopper says his transfer to City was not motivated by money
  • Toure has previously won the Premier League title in 2003 / 04 with Arsenal
By Linda Andersen Gaisie
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(CNN) -- Manchester City's new defender Kolo Toure has exclusively told CNN that his decision to move away from English Premier League rivals Arsenal was driven by a desire to win silverware.

Kolo Toure

Kolo Toure thinks his best chance for silverware lies with Manchester City.

The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international, who had seven successful years with the north London club, completed his transfer last month for an estimated $25 million.

But despite having won two FA Cups and a Premier League title under Arsene Wenger, Toure felt that to achieve further success in his career, a move had become necessary.

"For me it is really important to win trophies. I came to this club [Manchester City] because there are a lot of great things that are going to happen here. The future is big here. The challenge is massive; all the light is on us." Video Watch CNN's interview with Kolo Toure. »

In a bid to land their first title since 1967-68, the Eastlands-based side has spent over $100 million in the preseason on a raft of new players.

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez, Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor, England midfielder Gareth Barry and Paraguay forward Roque Santa Cruz have all been recruited with money provided by City's Abu Dhabi-based owners.

However, Toure remains adamant that it was the plans of manager Mark Hughes to capture trophies, rather than the lure of financial reward, that drove his move.

"[The players] came to enjoy their football and people are talking about money, but for us it is really important to get to a team were you can achieve something.

"Five years ago Chelsea came and people were talking and now we see where they are, that is what Man City want to do, and I am one of the players that will help them do it."

The Ivorian stopper -- who was a key memeber of the "Invincibles" team that won the 2003/ 04 Premier League title without a defeat -- felt at the age of 28 it was the right time for a new test of his abilities.


"For me it was really important to have a new challenge in my career, because when you have been at a club for seven years sometimes you feel so comfortable, so maybe when you have a new challenge that can bring the best for you, and that is what I am looking for," Toure told CNN.

Manchester City start their Premier League campaign with an away visit to Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

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