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Yaya in Blaugrana again?
It looks like someone wants to come back to Barcelona.
No, it’s not Bojan…well, maybe Bojan wants to come back. Good luck with that Bojan.
It’s another man that wants to wear blaugrana again: Yaya Toure.
Yaya started this rumor himself when he went on Ona FM (Spain) and said FC Barcelona is the most important club to him. "I have always been a Barça fan. In England I always saw their matches, and I feel like a Catalan," said the Ivorian.
He later fueled the rumor when he stated this:
“I feel happy at City but everything could change in the next couple of years ... or days.”
Yaya Toure was sold to Manchester City for £24 million in 2010. He spent three years at the Camp Nou before heading to England.
In another interview with a Catalan radio station, RAC1, Toure again stated his desire to come back to Barcelona.
"I would love to return to Barcelona and finish my career there. I love the city, and Barça has always been the club of my life. I love Barcelona.”
Toure also mentioned that he believes in new Barça manager Tito Vilanova.
“I know the new coach (Vilanova) very well. He is a very good person and his footballing philosophy is similar to (Pep) Guardiola's. He will be a very good coach.”
A few days after Yaya’s radio interview, his agent, Dimitri Seluk, went on Spanish radio and made a selling pitch for "Yaya to Barça."
"He has done all he could do at City and he needs new motivations. Toure would like a new challenge. He would not cost much. He has two years on his contract and in one year he could leave under the Webster ruling (which allows players to break contracts after fixed periods).
"Toure could sign for many big clubs, like Chelsea and Bayern. Moreover, we would like to see Barça join the race. I have not spoken with Tito Vilanova or Sandro Rosell, but they know the situation and if they are interested there will be no problem to sit down and talk."
Wow! Is it just me, or does it sound like someone is essentially begging to come back to Barcelona?
Who can blame Yaya Toure for wanting to come back? Who wouldn’t want to play with Lionel Messi, Xavi, and others? Plus, Yaya has been a lifelong Barça fan, and who wouldn’t want to play for their lifelong favorite team?
Could we see Yaya Toure back at FC Barcelona? Of course.
Will it happen? Very unlikely.
Barcelona already has Sergio Busquets to play CDM. In fact, it was the rise of Busi that allowed Pep Guardiola to move Yaya to City and Seydou Keita to the bench.
Albeit Barcelona could use another CDM to back up Busquets as Keita will more than likely be leaving this summer, Tito Vilanova still has Javier Mascherano, who is signed until 2014, to play CDM when needed. Also, most of Barcelona’s money will go towards improving the defense.
Yaya may not be coming back to Barcelona anytime soon. I can see him coming back one day to play a year or two as a bench player and end his career in a blaugrana shirt.