Yaya Toure had to leave Manchester City because Pep Guardiola was “killing his career as a footballer”, says Emmanuel Eboue.
After eight years at the Etihad Stadium which saw his team lift three Premier League titles and domestic cup triumphs, the Blues legend has headed for the exit.
The 35-year-old has become a free agent as he weighs up his options.
He has not gone quietly, with insults aimed in the direction of Guardiola from both the midfielder and his agent, with a relationship first strained during their time together at Barcelona.
Eboue claims to understand the frustration of Yaya Toure, with the former Arsenal man telling KweseESPN on the need for a fresh start: “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 labelled Guardiola as being “jealous” of him and having a problem with African players while his agent, Dimitri Seluk, called the former Barcelona boss “worthless”.
The Catalan has hit back at Yaya Toure calling his statement “lies” , but Eboue believes there were clearly issues between both of them.
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.
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“He is the kind of player who can turn things round and he always wants to win.”