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Ex-Gunner handed Man City captaincy

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Former Arsenal defender Kolo Touré has been confirmed as Manchester City's new captain following Richard Dunne's switch to Aston Villa.

The Ivorian was handed the captain's armband against Crystal Palace and Portsmouth but will now continue in the role after impressing City boss Mark Hughes.

It means Touré will skipper City against his old club Arsenal on Saturday.

"Kolo has taken the armband in the last couple of games and I am very comfortable with that," Hughes told the club's official website.

"He has all the attributes that you need from a good captain. He has great enthusiasm for the game, he's vocal in the dressing room before, during and after games and he wants to drive the club forward.

"It was not until working with him that I really understood how Kolo conducts himself as a guy and as a player.

"Having worked with him for a couple of months now, I have seen his qualities on and off the field and we can use them for everybody's benefit."

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