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For the best part of a decade, Yaya Touré has been one of the most exciting players in the Premier League. A fixture in the middle of the park for Manchester City, Touré has always stood out thanks to a towering frame that seems to glide across the pitch.
Following Monday’s tragic terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, Touré took to Twitter to offer his condolences to the city where he plies his trade:
In the past few hours, we’ve learned that Touré has pledged to donate £50,000 to help the victims and their families. His agent, Dimitri Seluk, has agreed to donate the same amount, bringing the figure to £100,000.
Their decision to help was catalysed after they heard about the death of eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, one of the victims of the attack in the Manchester Arena.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Seluk said: ‘The news an eight-year-old girl went to see her favourite singer and didn’t return home is too much to bear.’ He went on the say:
“Yaya and I want to help. We talked this morning about what happened and he asked me what he thought we could do. We have agreed to donate £50,000 each to help the victims of this terrible crime. It doesn’t matter whether the victims are from Manchester or not. Those of us lucky enough to work every day in football can do so because of the generosity of fans across the world.”
Touré, a Muslim from Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), has played for Man City since 2010. He also has over 100 caps for his country, and served as its captain on many occasions.
Touré and Seluk’s donation is another example of the incredible generosity that’s poured out since the horrendous attack. It shows that when hatred attempts to divide us, kindness and unity always prevail.