Yaya Touré offers to help besieged Barcelona as pressure from Ronald Koeman mounts following Atletico Madrid defeat | Football news



Yaya Touré has offered his services to Barcelona amid one of the deepest crises in club history.

The former Manchester City midfielder, who won the Champions League with Barca under Pep Guardiola in 2010, believes his former club will have a tumultuous time on and off the pitch.

The La Liga 2019 champions are ninth in the table after winning just three of their opening seven games with boss Ronald Koeman under intense pressure to keep his job amid financial chaos comprising more than a billion pounds sterling of debts.

Touré has offered to help restore the club’s stature in a series of passionate statements on Twitter following Barca’s 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Touré won the Champions League with Barça under Pep Guardiola in 2010

He said: “My stay in Barcelona was one of the best memories of my playing career.

“The club decided to trust me when I was still a young player, but to establish myself in the best leagues. I will always be grateful to the club for what they have done for me.

“It can be a difficult time for the club, but my belief for Barcelona is strong. I will always be available for the club if it needs me at any time, because my heart is forever with the club, the people and the fans.”

The 38-year-old, who retired last year after finishing his playing career in China, is currently an assistant coach at Russian club Akhmat Grozny and preparing his UEFA coach badges.

Barca have decided to stick with Koeman for the time being, with President Joan Laporta publicly supporting the Dutchman last week despite widespread reports in Spain that he was looking for a successor, such as Belgian head coach Roberto Martinez.



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