Celtic's Nir Biton ignores comparison to Manchester City's Yaya Toure

Celtic Parkhead

Celtic's Nir Biton has brushed off comparisons to Manchester City's Yaya Toure, saying he models his game more on Barcelona's Sergio Busquets.

Nir Biton is generating plenty of noise at Celtic, but he prefers to live the quiet life.

The 23-year-old’s impressive performances this season have drawn comparisons with Manchester City superstar Yaya Toure.

Such talk is obviously flattering, but Biton sees himself as more of an unsung hero.

He understands where the Toure link has come from, given that he was once on trial at the Etihad Stadium, but is reading little into it.

Instead, the Israeli midfielder has revealed that he tries to model his game on another iconic figure from the global game, but one who can go unnoticed at times - Barcelona’s World Cup-winning Spain international Sergio Busquets

Biton said in the Sunday Mail: “To compare me and Yaya Toure is like comparing the ground and the sky. For me Yaya Toure is the best midfielder in the world.

“When I was there it was a dream but I don’t think about it any more. I just want success with Celtic.

“It was a good experience. I went from the biggest team in Israel to Man City. It was a shock for everybody in Israel.

“Sometimes, you get a chance and you need to take it. I got a chance that a lot of people in Israel dream about. I tried my best.

“I really like 
Busquets. A lot of
people just look at Lionel Messi, Neymar, Xavi 
and Andres Iniesta because they do the smartest things. But when Busquets is not playing you see the difference. I think we are quite similar. We are both tall and I just like him.”

Biton was snapped up by Celtic in the summer of 2013, with a £700,000 fee looking like quite the bargain.

It has not always been smooth sailing for him in Scotland, with his place lost at one stage, but he has battled his way back into Ronny Deila’s plans.

To be drawing such high praise is testament to how hard Biton has worked, but the challenge now is to show that he can maintain those standards and be Parkhead’s answer to Toure and Busquets.

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