Yaya Toure stuns Manchester City with a wish to return back to Barcelona
Yaya Toure was visualized as the player who would lead Manchester City’s aspirations in the future. However, the former Monaco midfielder has expressed desire to finish his career at his old club, Barcelona.
The Ivory Coast international, Yaya Toure reiterated his wish to play with Barcelona in the later stages of his career. Yaya Toure, who was sold to Manchester City for a transfer fee estimated to be around £24 million in 2010, played for Barcelona for three seasons before he travelled to the Eastlands.
Yaya Toure has turned out to Manchester City’s heavy gun in their war for Premiership. Yaya Toure’s impressive form has saved Manchester City’s English Premier League campaign a number of times. Last weekend, it was a brace from the 28-year-old that helped Manchester City acquire three points against a reignited Newcastle United.
In an interview to the Spanish radio station RAC1, Yaya Toure admitted that Manchester City was finally within whiskers of acquiring their first English Premier League title since 1968. Yaya Toure also said that although he loved playing for Manchester City, he would love to return to his former club, Barcelona.
“I said two years ago that I would return,” Yaya Toure said. “It's been the most important team for me and if they call you don't think twice. I love Barcelona. In the press conference I did when I left I said I would return, in life you never know what will happen tomorrow, it's been the team of my life and I would like to finish my sporting career here. If I could return, it would be great.”
Yaya Toure also commented on the departure of Barcelona legend Pep Guardiola. Yaya Toure reckons Barcelona will be in good hands after Pep Guardiola’s exit. In the interview, Yaya Toure also showed support for Pep Guardiola’s replacement Tito Vilanova.
“It was a little strange, because Guardiola has been a key person in the success of Barca in all these years,” Yaya Toure expressed on Pep Guardiola’s decision to step down. “But we are all human and despite having done phenomenal things, he has decided to go.
“I know Tito very well and I think that he will apply the same philosophy as Pep. Tito is also a very good person, with a very similar idea of football. I think Tito is a good coach as well.”