Eastlands signing was apparently told he had to leave the Catalan side by his overly eager agent.
“It was a sad decision because everybody wants to come to Barca and I have had to leave, but not playing has been difficult and it wouldn’t have been normal to just sit on the bench and pick up the money.”
Toure, who will link up with his brother Kolo at City, says his agent, Dimitri Seluk, was instrumental in the move.
“He told me I had to leave,” he said.
“I wanted to bring more joy to the fans, but life is like that. Barca is a great club with the best players in the world and I have played less in this third season, which for me has been difficult.”
Nevertheless, Toure hopes to return to the Nou Camp one day.
“I don’t feel that I’m away from Barca and I’m sure I’ll go back one day,” (Daily Mirror)
Blimey. It sounds very much like a gun was put to Yaya’s head when he signed the deal to join Man City. The proof of agent power has never been so evident. The Barcelona man was told he had to leave by his representative and already the Ivory Coast international midfielder is planning a return to the Nou Camp!
I am sure however that the 27 year old will do very well in the Premier League and if all goes according to plan he may find himself battling his former team mates in Champions League action in 2011/12. Until then his £200k a week pay packet should ease his feeling of homesickness.