Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola has admitted he didn't want to see Yaya Toure make his big money move to Manchester City.
The Ivory Coast international sealed his switch to the Blues today for a reported £27.5 million fee and his arrival will boost the club's attempt to reach the summit of the Premier League. Although bumped out of the starting side for Seydou Keita, the Catalans' supremo has remained a big fan of the player.
Speaking to reporters, he admitted his regret at seeing Toure swap the Nou Camp for Eastlands.
"It is not good news for us. He is a top player and I would like him to be with us, but he wanted to move on," Guardiola said.
"When a player doesn't want to stay at once club he has to move and I wish him all the best. He is an excellent guy, excellent person and I want to thank him for his marvellous three years in Barcelona.
"Without him, it would have been impossible to win seven trophies in two seasons."
Guardiola remained coy when pressed about Barcelona's attempts to land Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
He said: "It's not my business, not my job. I am the coach of Barcelona, but he is a player of Arsenal.
"Arsene Wenger has to decide."