Kolo Toure blames Guardiola for forcing brother to Manchester City

Guardiola Close Up

Who is to blame for Yaya Toure signing for Manchester City? Pep Guardiola according to his brother...

Barcelona haven't really suffered since losing Yaya Toure, in fact they've won a Champions League since moving him on.

Yet if their huge aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last season proved anything, it was that they need more physicality in midfield at times.

Yaya Toure is just that, just ask any Manchester United midfielder, with the Red Devils yet to get the better of a City team which have included the Ivorian in the starting line-up.

But if fans want anybody to blame for his exit, there is one man responsible, according to his brother Kolo Toure, now of Liverpool.

Spanish newspaper Sport report him as saying: "There are coaches who come and want to play certain players at any price, whether they are good or not. Yaya was much stronger than Busquets but he (Guardiola) was behind him."

"I advised him to go to Manchester City because by that time I was still there. He listened to the advice of his older brother and is now one of the 'heads' of the team."

Busquets has proved his doubters wrong over the past few seasons, and Kolo Toure's assessment of him is harsh, but we doubt there would be any Manchester City fan who would swap him for Yaya Toure.

For Pep Guardiola, Kolo Toure is just another detractor, but the decorated Spanish manager, now at Bayern, will look at his trophy haul and argue that his decision was not a costly one.

image: © gowestphoto

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch