- Franck Kessie has communicated his desire to have a similar career to Yaya Toure's time at Barcelona
- Toure won a couple of trophies during his time as a Barcelona player, including the UEFA Champions League
- Kessie was speaking during his unveiling as a Barcelona player after completing a free transfer from AC Milan
New Barcelona signing Franck Kessie has set his targets early on at his new club. The midfielder was officially unveiled by Barcelona's President Joan Laporta.
Kessie quipped that he would like to follow in the footsteps of Yaya Toure, a Barcelona legend. Toure also comes from Ivory Coast, the same country that Kessie represents internationally.
Football Espana reports that Kessie mentioned outrightly that he adored Toure, who has since retired.
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My dream is to work hard to have a career like his. Yaya is a great champion, and I was lucky to play with him on the national team. He was a complete player.
Toure remains one of the most successful players football has ever seen after leading a long career in different clubs. His most notable stops were at Barcelona and Manchester City.
At Barcelona, he won the UEFA Champions League in 2009, plus two La Liga titles. Kessie will be part of Xavi Hernandez's squad that will try to challenge the Madrid supremacy next season.
Internationally, Toure captained Ivory Coast to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015. He is also a four-time African footballer of the year.
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Kessie completed a move to Barcelona after failing to agree to a new deal with AC Milan. He has penned a four-year contract in Spain and will be unveiled officially on Wednesday, July 6th.
He is expected to play a key part in Xavi Hernandez's revolution and rebuild at Barcelona. The Ivory Coast international once said that he is not afraid of running and putting in the work on the pitch.