Toure wants youngster to join Man City

Balotelli is reportedly closing in on a switch to the Premier League side.

Toure has confirmed he talked with Balotelli during the friendly between the Ivory Coast and Italy last night.

Toure said in the Daily Star: “I spoke to him before the end of the match and afterwards. I just told him that we are waiting for him, that’s it. Now we hope that the deal will happen.”

Toure continued: “Mario’s very strong, he’s technically very good, he’s fast. I think he’s a player for the Premier League, definitely.

“His attitude is very good as well, he reminds me of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira, these type of guys.

“They have a really strong mentality and, in the Premier League, we like those kind of players. He’s got everything to be a top player in the Premier League.”