Barca hope Toure stays

20 May 2010 05:54
Barcelona's technical director Txiki Begiristain has told midfielder Yaya Toure that he still has a big future at the Camp Nou next season. The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international has been linked with a summer move away from the Spanish champions, but Begiristain has urged Toure to stay put and fight for a regular first-team spot. He told the club's official website: "Yaya Toure is an extraordinary and important player. The question is how he sees things, the role he has to accept. "We're counting on him for next season, but the thing is the players have to accept their position. Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Keita are all playing fantastically well. "In the end you have to face up to the competition and you may not play as much as you would imagine. The player has to be the first to admit that. If they do that's great for us. "If they don't accept it and want to discuss it, we have an obligation. We'll never keep a player here who doesn't want to be here." Meanwhile, Barca president Joan Laporta has dismissed suggestions that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be sold, following the big-money move to sign Valencia striker David Villa. He added: "Ibra is not for sale. He is a very highly-valued player and I know the coaches count on him. "The signing of Villa does not affect the future of Ibra."

Source: ESA