Yaya Toure has taken the unexpected step of offering to help Barcelona out of its deep crisis.
Toure spent three years at the Nou Camp, winning two LaLiga titles and the 2009 Champions League before heading to Manchester City.
Like many former Barca players, he is despairing at the great club’s current predicament.
“It may be a difficult time for the club but my belief for Barcelona is strong,” Toure tweeted on Saturday, hours before Ronald Koeman’s side were beaten 2-0 by Atletico Madrid.
“I will always be available for the club should they need me anytime as my heart is forever with the club, the people and the fans!”
Barca is in financial ruin, over £1billion in debt and, last week saw their wage bill slashed to a maximum of £90million, equivalent to that of Watford.
Their financial crisis meant they were unable to afford to keep Lionel Messi, and forced them to send Antoine Griezmann out on loan to Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day.
They are also in crisis on the pitch, struggling in LaLiga and losing both of their opening Champions League group stage games for the first time.
Toure, however, seems like an unlikely figure to help restore Barca to their former glories.
The Ivorian retired from playing last year after seeing out his career in China and is in the early stages of his journey as a coach.
By Brian Ayatta