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Toure: New signings settled in

Yaya Toure says Manchester City's summer signings are acclimatising well to life with the Premier League champions ahead of Sunday's Community Shield clash with Arsenal.

Four City signings could make their first competitive appearance for the Blues in the traditional Premier League curtain-raiser, and Toure is impressed with the bright start the group have made to their City careers.

Bacary Sagna, Fernando and Willy Caballero have all made permanent moves to the Etihad this summer, while Frank Lampard has arrived on loan from New York City following his move from Chelsea.

With the 2014/15 league season just over a week away, Toure believes his new team-mates will be prepared as City look to win consecutive league titles for the first time in the club's history.

"All of the new players are settling in really well," he told the club's official website. "Bacary Sagna has been in England for a good few years now and he knows the Premier League very well.

"Caballero has been training with the guys throughout pre-season. He's a fantastic guy and has been playing really well in training and in the friendly matches.

"Fernando, too, has been looking really sharp and I think he brings many great qualities to the midfield. This club is looking very sharp, the team is strong and I hope we can have a season which is as good as the last."

The 31-year-old Ivorian is looking forward to the new campaign, but admits City must start strongly ahead of a tricky opening six league fixtures which include hosting Liverpool and Chelsea at the Etihad and away trips to Newcastle and Arsenal.

Toure, who missed the first four friendly engagements of the club's pre-season tour of the United States having returned back late after World Cup duty, remains confident that City will be ready for the Community Shield and beyond as they aim to give the fans another season to remember.

"It's good to be back - I'm really looking forward to the season now. It's going to be very tough but I think it's going to be a very exciting season,\" he added.

"All of the lads have been coming back at different times because of the World Cup, so it is going to be very tough for us to hit our top form straight away but we are professional and I believe that we will - starting on Sunday.

"It's a really interesting way to start the season - the Community Shield against a top team like Arsenal at Wembley and, even though we have only just started to train together as a full squad, we will be ready.

"We know how difficult the Premier League is but all of the guys have full focus and want to produce another exciting year for the supporters of this great club."