Yaya Toure discussed rumors of his Barcelona team-mate’s departure for England.
Yaya Toure claims Lionel Messi’s move to Manchester City is something that might happen. Even so, the former Man City midfielder also admitted that the transfer would be very complicated to materialize.
Messi continues to be rumored to be leaving Barcelona this summer. Barca’s poor performance in the 2019/20 season coupled with the club’s internal crisis made Messi said to want to leave Camp Nou.
With a contract that expires in the summer of 2021 and the arrival of new coach Ronald Koeman, Messi will certainly be weighing many options about his future.
Only a few clubs are able to bring in players of Messi’s caliber. However, Toure believes City is one of the clubs that fall into this category, especially with Pep Guardiola.
“Of course it will be complicated,” Toure told Daily Star when asked about the potential for Messi to anchor to Man City.
“From what I know, Messi loves Barcelona very much. He loves the city, the club and its philosophy.”
“But if he has to leave the club, maybe he could go to City. Why? Because City have the money needed to sign him and only a few clubs in England can afford it. If he comes to City, it will be good for City.”
“Seeing Messi playing, maybe only a few managers like him, because he just wants to walk on the sidelines and not defend much. This does not suit the character in England, who want each player to work hard, defend and attack together. It will not be easy. “
“But if he decides to go to England, I can imagine him playing for City because Guardiola knows him the most. He will be part of City to play his philosophy of football.”
However, Toure still does not believe Messi will leave Barcelona. “Honestly, I doubt he will leave Barcelona. Barcelona is completely dependent on Messi. If Messi leaves there will be a wide gap.”