Kevin De Bruyne starts Yaya Toure tribute as Man City legend prepares for final farewell

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And the Belgium star made it plain that, even though he has taken a backseat in terms of playing this season, the 34-year-old legend has been a big influence on the Blues' Premier League triumph. City are planning a fond farewell to Toure on Wednesday night, when he is expected to make his first league start of the season and to don the captain's armband against Brighton. And the man who has picked up the Blue baton to become City's main midfield dynamo and big-game player, led the tributes. “I guess he was one of the players where the revolution started,” said De Bruyne. “He has had a lot of great games and won so many things here and he deserves a big farewell game from everybody. “When I came here he was a big part – even this year when he didn't play so often he has been a big part of it and a massive player.
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Toure has only made seven cup starts and nine substitute appearances in the league. But, just as Patrick Vieira was in the 2012 title success, Toure has been a calming influence and a wise head when needed. “Everyone knows Yaya – he is a very easy guy who relaxes a lot and is calm, someone who tries to enjoy it,” said De Bruyne.

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