Yaya Toure Offers To Help Barcelona Out Of Deep Crisis
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Four-time Africa Footballer of the year, Yaya Toure has offered to bail his former club, FC Barcelona out of their current crisis if given the nod, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng understands
Toure, 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winner with Ivory Coast, spent three years at the Nou Camp, winning two LaLiga titles and the 2009 Champions League before heading to Manchester City.
And like many former Barca players, he is worried at the great club’s current predicament both in financies and on the field of play.
‘It may be a difficult time for the club but my belief for Barcelona is strong,’ Toure tweeted on Saturday, as quoted by The Guardian hours before Ronald Koeman’s side were beaten 2-0 at LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid.
Their financial crisis meant they were unable to afford to keep Lionel Messi and forced them to send Antoine Griezmann out on loan to Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day.
They are also in crisis on the pitch, stumbling in LaLiga and losing both of their opening Champions League group stage games for the first time ever.
Toure, however, seems like an unlikely figure to help restore Barca to their former glories.
The Ivorian retired from playing last year after seeing out his career in China and is in the early stages of his journey as a coach.
And although the pressure is growing on Barca coach Ronald Koeman, it seems unlikely that Barca would turn to Toure as a successor.
Although his spell in Catalonia was brief, Toure is eternally grateful to the club for giving him the platform to prove himself as one of the best midfielders in the world and wants to help the club out in their hour of need.
‘My time at Barcelona was one of the best memories of my playing career,’ he added.
‘The club decided to trust me when I was still a young player, yet to establish myself in the top leagues.
‘I will forever be grateful to the club for what they have done for me.’
The former Manchester City anchorman is currently working as an assistant at Russian Premier League side Akhmat Grozny, having previously worked as an assistant for Olimpik Donetsk.