‘It is amazing’ – Champions League winner praises Spurs at draw in Istanbul

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Former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure spoke glowingly about Tottenham Hotspur in front of European football’s elite yesterday evening.

The 39-year-old has been working with Tottenham’s academy set up since the second half of last season and was formally confirmed as the club’s new Under-16s coach earlier this month (Spurs official).

Toure, who recently completed his UEFA A Licence, had been working towards his coaching badges in north London under academy manager Dean Rastrick, head of coaching Chris Powell and coach Stuart Lewis since December (Evening Standard).

The Ivory Coast international was on hand to help draw the balls in the UEFA Champions League draw in Istanbul yesterday and prior to the start of the draw, he was asked about his new experience of coaching at the Premier League side.

Toure spoke in glowing terms about what he has encountered during his time at Tottenham, describing the feeling as if he has become a part of a family at Hotspur Way.

The Champions League winner told the event which was televised live on BT Sport’s YouTube channel (26/08/22 – 17:15): “I like to take the opportunity to thank the Tottenham family, they have been brilliant.

“I have been working daily with fantastic people at the club and since I arrive there I feel like I have been in the family. It is amazing what they are doing for me.”

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Tottenham have a track record of giving former players the opportunity to begin their coaching career including Jermain Defoe, Scott Parker, Ryan Mason and the late Ugo Ehiogu.

It is great to hear that someone who has been at the top of their game is so humble over what he has experienced since joining Spurs, and it looks as if he is a great fit for the Tottenham youngsters with such an attitude.

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