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Mikel Arteta tells Yaya Toure coaching role at Arsenal is just a phone call away

Call me maybe: Mikel Arteta tells Yaya Toure the coaching role at Arsenal is just a phone call away as the former Manchester City ace continues to work on badges


Yaya Toure is a phone call away from landing a coaching role at Arsenal.

The former Manchester City and Ivory Coast star is grabbing his manager’s badges and spent a few days working with the children of Tottenham’s academy last week.

But he is now open to a partnership with Arsenal, the club where his brother Kolo was an ‘Invincible’ and where he also completed the contract signing under Arsene Wenger before joining City.

Mikel Arteta has invited Yaya Toure to become Arsenal’s coach

Current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was also Yaya’s coach at the Etihad.

The Spaniard says Touré only needs to call him when he needs a leg up on the coaching ladder.

Arteta said: “He has my number because we spent a number of years together at City.

Toure was close to a contract with Arsenal before choosing to join City

Toure was close to a contract with Arsenal before choosing to join City

The Ivorian won three Premier League titles in eight seasons with Manchester City

The Ivorian won three Premier League titles in eight seasons with Manchester City

His brother Kolo spent seven seasons at Arsenal, winning one league title and two FA Cups

His brother Kolo spent seven seasons at Arsenal, winning one league title and two FA Cups

“He’s a player I really appreciate, so he can call me and ask me the question.”

Asked if he has ever seen the 38-year-old Toure as a potential top-level manager, Arteta added: “He has the experience, the expertise and has won a lot in the game.

“He can certainly add value to other players.”

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