Toure primed for Melbourne City clash

Yaya Toure says Manchester City is keen to take on sister club Melbourne City after a gruelling start to training in Australia.

The EPL giants have been undergoing as many as three training sessions per day since arriving Down Under and are keen to let loose on some A-League opposition.

Despite the demanding schedule, Toure told the club’s website he was enjoying his time in Australia.

"It's good, it's nice - It's my first time here,” the towering Ivorian midfielder said.

“We're looking forward to seeing our fans and our sister (club) as well. We're going to play a friendly in a couple of days, it's going to be nice and very exciting. We're enjoying our time here."

City take on Adelaide United behind closed doors on Wednesday before coming up against John van ‘t Schip’s men at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina three days later.

After that it’s down to much more chilly conditions in Melbourne for the International Champions Cup, and games against AS Roma on July 21 and then Real Madrid on July 24.

Toure said it’s a chance for City’s young guns to stake a claim.

"We've been working well and we're looking forward to the first game starting,” the 32-year-old said.

"The pre-season is (some) of the harder work before the season starts but I think it's good – we can work all together. A few of the lads have started now, the rest are going to come in and join us (later).
"It's always tough. Today we have three sessions and tomorrow we have three again. It's good though because we have the young lads pushing us. That's why we love football."