Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissuma has revealed his ambition to emulate Man City legend Yaya Toure and joked he was ‘coming for the Ballon d’Or’ after getting advice from his hero.
Yves Bissuma joined Tottenham from Brighton in a £25m deal in June with Yaya Toure joining the club in an academy coaching role a month later. The pair sat down together for a chat which was posted on Tottenham’s Twitter. Bissuma revealed the Man City legend was his idol growing up.
Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissuma has revealed his ambition to emulate Yaya Toure in a sit-down talk with the Manchester City legend.
Bisuma joined Tottenham in a £25m deal from Brighton in June, while Toure arrived at the club a month after being handed a full-time coaching role for the club’s academy.
In a video posted on Tottenham’s official Twitter account, Bissuma revealed that Toure was his hero growing up, and joked that he was ‘coming for the Ballon d’Or’ after getting advice from the former Ivory Coast international.
Yves Bissuma reveals his ambition to be like his hero and Man City icon Yaya Toure
💬 “I want to be like you one day” 💙
Yaya Torre x Yves Bisuma. Get out now. ⤵️
— Tottenham Hotspur (@spursofficial) September 21, 2022
Bisuma said, ‘I honestly can’t believe I’m with you. Everyone knows – my family, my friends – that I’m a big fan of yours.
‘When I was little, I used to see you every day. I remember when I was in Mali Academy, you were my inspiration.
‘When they ask me which player do you like, which player do you think is the best [my] Position, I tell you because, as a midfielder too, I want to be like you one day. I know it’s not easy, but you can tell me some secrets.’
26-year-old Tore advised Bisuma to be a ‘coach’ and get the best out of himself every day.
He said: ‘The most important thing is try to coach, when I say try to coach, always listen and focus, always focus.
Bisuma joked that he was ‘coming for the Ballon d’Or’ after advice from Toure.
‘Take care of yourself. It’s really important because the Premier League games come week in week out. For me the game was always there [more] More important than training.
‘That doesn’t mean I’m saying don’t train, you have to train and always try to be available as much as possible because it’s really important for your development.’
He added: ‘The most important thing is how you get the best out of it and you can take it with you. It’s time for you to improve yourself every day and become better and better.
‘Everything was challenging for me, but everything was learning for me. If it’s a passing session for an hour, my passing should be better and better. I need to get the clip of it and when I pass like this it’s good and when I pass it’s not good. I have to change it.’
In response to Toure’s comments, Bisuma joked that he was ‘coming for the Ballon d’Or.’
Bisuma has largely had to fight for a place on the bench since arriving from Brighton
Bisuma has had limited minutes since arriving at Tottenham, with just one Premier League start and five appearances off the bench.
Manager Antonio Conte has often preferred to go with a combination of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur in the center of the park.
Speaking about Bissuma earlier this month ahead of their game with Fulham, Conte said: ‘He has to work, to get fully into the concept of football.
‘He is a step behind Bentancur and Hojbjerg. Same for [Oliver] Avoid working with me last season. I am satisfied with what I saw during the game and we are talking about a player who has good skills and is physically strong with a good engine.’