Bony: Yaya Toure will make me better at Manchester City

The 26-year-old striker completed a move to the Premier League champions on Wednesday and is determined to help his new club win the Champions League

Wilfried Bony is confident his Ivory Coast team-mate Yaya Toure will make him a better player after joining “one of the biggest club in the world” in Manchester City.

The striker joined the Premier League champions for a free understood to be €35 million on Wednesday, agreeing a £97,000-a-week salary to seal a move from Swansea City.

Bony is currently on international duty with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations and the 26-year-old feels his relationship with the midfielder will reap rewards at the Etihad Stadium.

“The Premier League is a tough league – my power is to always be in the box and in the right position,” he told the club’s official website. “I’m always working hard to be there to score the goals and to improve.

“I speak with Yaya every day on international duty and I think he will help me to become a better player and a more clinical striker. I’ll be playing with great players here at City and this is an opportunity for me to work hard and to take my chance.”

Bony, who has been chased by the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool in the past, has penned a four-and-a-half-year deal with City and says the lure of Champions League football was key to his decision to leave Swansea.

He said: “It’s a great feeling for me, it’s a big honour to be here and it’s a great challenge.

“As a player it’s always good to be part of one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s a good opportunity for me to be in that situation now – I’m really proud.

“I think it’s a great decision for me – Manchester City is in the Champions League. You remember at the end of last season I said that if I want to move it will be to a team in the competition because it’s a great tournament that I really want to play in and one that I want to win.

“It’s a motivation for me to give my maximum to be in that place. City is a big club with great players with a lot of experience; I believe we can do it.”