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Kolo Toure: Yaya much better than Busquets

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is "much better" than Barcelona ace Sergio Busquets, but was forced to leave Camp Nou after falling behind him in the first-team pecking order, explains Kolo Toure.

In an interview with The Sun, the Liverpool defender likened his younger brother's situation in Spain to the way that he was treated himself, during the final two years of his stay at the Etihad Stadium.

After serving a Football Association suspension for failing a drugs test in 2011, the Ivory Coast international was forced to settle for a place on the fringes of the Manchester City squad, even though the centre-back thought that he deserved to be in Roberto Mancini's starting line-up.

Mancini departed City in the summer, to make way for the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini, but Toure was still allowed to leave, and moved to Anfield on a free transfer, four years after his £16million switch to the Etihad.

Yaya suffered a similar fate at Barcelona, with Pep Guardiola favouring Busquets in the middle of the park over the African enforcer, which prompted his £24million transfer to join his sibling in the Premier League in 2010.

"I have had a similar experience to my brother Yaya," explained the Liverpool stopper. "Managers come to clubs bringing players with them and they want to pick them at all costs — whether they are any good or not.

"Yaya was much better than Sergio Busquets at Barcelona. But he was behind him in the pecking order and he found that hard to accept.

"I advised him to come to Manchester City while I was still there. He listened to his big brother's advice — and now he is the big boss on the field for them."

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