City star admits Barcelona interest

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has admitted that he would be interested in a move back to Barcelona, and would like to finish his career at the Spanish giants.

The Ivory Coast man has been an integral part of Roberto Mancini’s team since moving to England from Camp Nou, and scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Newcastle last weekend that has City on the verge of their fist top-flight title since 1968.

However, the African battler has also confessed a desire to return to La Liga and Barcelona.

“I would love to return to Barcelona and finish my sporting career there,” Toure told Spanish radio station Rac1, translated to English by The Daily Mail.

“I love the city and Barca has always been the club of my life. I have a lot of desire to return to Barcelona Football Club.

“I would also like to be close to Eric Abidal, he is my brother. I want to support him,” he said.

Pep Guardiola will step down as Blaugrana boss after the last game of the season, but Toure admits that he knows replacement coach Tito Vilanova well also.

“The decision by Pep Guardiola to leave was a little strange because the club has had years of success and trophies. But we are all human.

“I know the new coach very well. He is a very good person and his footballing philosophy is similar to Guardiola. He will be a very good coach,” Toure concluded.

By Gareth McKnight