Former England U21 manager Stuart Pearce urged Arsene Wenger to sign the Ivory Coast captain and Manchester City’s midfield head Yaya Toure if the player leaves the Manchester club in the summer. Yaya Toure is expected to leave Manchester City once Pep Guardiola arrives at the Etihad stadium in the summer.
Pep Guardiola is the next Manchester City manager and is expected to take charge at the Etihad as soon as this season is over. The first news to come out of Manchester City after the appointment of Pep Guardiola is that Toure will leave the club once the former Barcelona manager takes charge of Manchester City. Pep Guardiola and Toure had a rift at Barcelona when the Spaniard was managing Barcelona. It is reported that Guardiola did not want Toure as a box-to-box midfielder rather he preferred Sergio Busquets who is a trademark center defensive midfielder and suits Barcelona’s playing style perfectly.
Toure left Barcelona to join Manchester City where he made a name for himself and is now one of the fan favorites at the Etihad. Earlier this season, reports circulated that Manchester City hierarchy has agreed to offer an honouring role to Yaya Toure inside the club’s directing panel as a token of merit to his sheer commitment and service to the club.
Stuart Pearce who manager Manchester City for two years has voiced his admiration for the veteran and thinks the player can make an impact with the Gunners. The former England U21 manager clarified that Yaya can play a ‘leader’ role at Emirates which will help the Gunners to motivate the youngster and the squad towards the Premier League title for which the Gunners are longing over a decade.
“On his day Yaya Toure is outstanding.”“Arsenal need an old head within the team.”
“Petr Cech has proved a fantastic success this year at Arsenal, and to have a player like Toure at the centre of midfield, as that holding type of player, I think he’d give one or two of the youngsters a bit of a lift.”
“I think he’d be a good signing for them,” Pearce told talkSPORT.