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Yaya Touré has offered his services to his former club Barcelona, who are currently languishing in 9th place in La Liga.
Ronald Koeman's side were beaten comprehensively by Athletico Madrid at the weekend, a defeat which cranks up the pressure on the ex-Netherlands boss.
After the match, Touré, who lifted two La Liga titles and the Champions League whilst at the Camp Nou, took to Twitter to inform the powers that be that he was there to help.
My time at @FCBarcelona was one of the best memories of my playing career. The club has decided to trust me when I was still a young player, yet to establish myself in the top leagues. I will forever be grateful to the club for what they have done for me.- Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) October 2, 2021
"My time at Barcelona was one of the best memories of my playing career," the Ivorian said. "The club had decided to trust me when I was still a young player, yet to establish myself in the top leagues. I will forever be grateful to the club for what they have done for me.
"It may be a difficult time for the club but my belief for Barcelona is strong. I will always be available for the club should they need me anytime as my heart is forever with the club, the people and the fans."
In dire financial straits and with little optimism on and off the pitch, Touré could inject some much needed direction into the Catalan club and help them start to move forwards.
However, club president Joan Laporta does not seem keen on entertaining new ideas in the dressing room and confirmed ahead of the trip to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday that Koeman would remain in the big chair at Barcelona.
"Koeman will continue as Barca coach," Laporta said, as quoted by Sky Sports. "We understand that he deserves a bit of margin for many reasons. He's a Barca fan and legend for fans all over the world. He'll stay on and deserves a margin of confidence.
"He loves Barca and decided to come here in a really tough time both institutionally and on a sporting front. After talking to him, I can see he's got faith in the team... We spoke and it's not true that we've got a tense relationship - it's good and honest. I think we both think the same, to turn things around."
Next up for the 26-time La Liga champions is a home clash with Valencia after the international break. Meanwhile Touré will turn his attention to his current employers' Akhmat Grozny's trip to Khimiki in the Russian Premier League.
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