Yaya Toure warns Lionel Messi over Premier League transfer with Barcelona future in doubt
Yaya Toure has warned Lionel Messi that few Premier League managers would put up with the Barcelona star’s style of play.
Messi has been linked with a sensational departure from the Nou Camp after Barca were humiliated in the Champions League.
Barcelona were beaten 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals having been beaten to the La Liga title by Real Madrid.
There has been speculation that Messi could reunite with former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City with Pep Guardiola’s side the richest in the Premier League.
And Toure, who played alongside Messi at the Nou Camp, believes the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would find life easiest at the Etihad if he were to move to the Prem.
“It is going to be complicated,” Toure, speaking at Hotels.com Dream Screen, said on Messi’s future. “From what I know, Messi loves Barcelona. He loves the city, he loves the club, he loves the philosophy there.
“But if he had to leave the club, maybe he could come to City. Why? Because City have the money to buy him and there are only a few clubs in the Premier League who can afford him, to be honest.
“If he comes to City he is going to be good for City because the rest of the Premier League is quite intense and hard as well.
“The way Messi plays – I don’t think so. Few managers are going to love him because he just sits off to the side and does not want to defend much.
“In England – depending on who is going to criticise him for that – they want you to work, defend and attack and it is not easy.
“But if he came to England, I could see him playing for City because Guardiola knows him better and he could put him in this City team too to play his football.
“I have a little bit of doubt that he is going to leave Barcelona, to be honest. Barcelona all boils down to Messi. If Messi leaves there is going to be a massive gap.”
Yaya Toure was speaking at the “Hotels.com Dream Screen” drive-in experience ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi-final 2020. Hotels.com is the official partner of the UEFA Champions League