In perhaps the greatest managerial coup in English football history, Pep Guardiola is coming to the Premier League. Manchester City’s new man has already won five domestic league titles and two Champion League trophies at the age of just 45, and has been tipped to bring more success to the Etihad Stadium. But it might not be all good news for some of the players, and Yaya Toure could find himself on the way out of the club.
Since joining in 2010, Toure has been a crucial part of a Manchester City side that has consistently challenged for, and won, titles. In recent weeks however his influence in the side has fallen, first when he was outplayed and outrun by Leicester City’s midfield pair of N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater before he was substituted within the hour, while on Sunday against Tottenham, he was dominated by Mousa Dembele in another defeat at home for the Citizens.
Given that Toure is no longer the world-class midfielder that he once was, it seems unlikely that Guardiola will want to keep him at the club. At the age of 32 as well, it will be very difficult for Toure to re-find his top now that he is consistently failing to hit it.
During Guardiola’s spell at Barcelona as a manager, he made the decision to sell Toure to Manchester City. The Spaniard never trusted the Ivorian in midfield during his final season there, and a majority of his appearances came at centre back due to the number of injuries that they suffered in the position.
It has been rumoured that one of Guardiola’s main targets once he is City manager will be Paul Pogba, who plays a similar role to Toure, so could be seen as his direct replacement. The Frenchman is already seen as someone who has surpassed Toure in terms of quality, and given the incredible finances available to City; he is certainly a man who could be lining up in Sky Blue next season.
For Toure, this looks likely to be his final season in Manchester, and a move abroad could certainly be on the cards.