Emmanuel Eboue has reflected on how Spanish tactician, Pep Guardiola derailed the football career of Yaya Toure by relegating him to the bench.
Ivorian defender, Emmanuel Eboue, has said that his compatriot, Yaya Toure had to get out of Manchester City because manager Pep Guardiola was “killing his career as a footballer.”
Toure, after eight years at the Etihad Stadium which delivered three Premier League titles and domestic cup triumphs, has decided to leave the club.
Eboue said, “As a player, there is a time you completely cannot work with a coach and because of your future, you must go.
“It was evident Pep Guardiola did not like my brother Yaya right from the Barcelona days.
“It is the best decision for Yaya to get away from Guardiola’s territory because he was killing his career as a footballer.
“I think Yaya’s last one year has been hell because he was not playing enough. For a professional footballer, that is very terrible.”
Toure accused Guardiola of being “jealous” of him and having a problem with African players while his agent, Dimitri Seluk, branded the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss “worthless”.
The Catalan has hit back at what he considers to be “lies”, but Eboue believes there were clearly issues between a high-profile player and manager and that a parting of ways is best for all concerned.
He added, “Sometimes it’s not all about the money.
“When your relationship as a player is not good with the manager and it does not seem like it will improve, it is always better to move elsewhere.
“Yaya is a great player and leader and I think he still has some years to continue playing at the highest level.
“He is the kind of player who can turn things round and he always wants to win.”