Go to OM, Yaya told
Kolo advises younger brother Toure to consider switch to Marseille from City
They say you should always listen to family advice and if that’s the case, then Yaya Toure should consider a move to French side Olympique Marseille.
The Manchester City midfielder, who has been cast aside by Pep Guardiola, has been advised to switch to the Ligue 1 outfit by his brother, Celtic defender Kolo.
Kolo Toure, who has played with his brother at City and for a number of years with the Ivory Coast, believes his sibling still has plenty to offer.
“He (Yaya) still has talent and some things to prove,” Kolo Toure told French radio station RMC. Of course it’s difficult at City at the moment. We’ve all been through that. We’re at the top and at some point you go down. He has to understand that and maybe go somewhere where people want you.
“I haven’t talked to him about that [Marseille]. He’s still at City, I respect that. But OM is a great club. He knows the French championship well. It could be a great club for him.”
Yaya Toure has won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup in his time with City, but has made just one solitary appearance for City in a Champions League qualifier with Steaua Bucharest so far this season.
His absence from the City squad centres around comments made by his agent Dimitri Seluk, who was critical of Guardiola.
Yaya Toure subsequently apologised for Seluk’s words, but that hasn’t stopped Guardiola from keeping the former Barcelona player firmly out of the picture at the Premier League side.
Yaya has previous experience of playing in France - he featured for Monaco in the 2006-07 season - but it remains unlikely Marseille would be able to pay even part of the Ivorian’s huge City wages.
Marseille have been struggling in Ligue 1 this season following a takeover and currently sit in 12th place.
“He (Yaya) still has talent and some things to prove. Of course it’s difficult at City at the moment. We’ve all been through that. We’re at the top and at some point you go down.”