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Amadou Diawara considers Yaya Toure as his inspiration

Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara has hailed Yaya Toure as his inspiration as he aims to become a world-class footballer in the future. The Guinean-born ace has evolved into a regular first-team player in the Serie A this campaign, and his progress has attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur of late.

In an interview covered on, the 20-year-old spoke about his idol Yaya Toure, whilst admitting that he has watched the Ivorian on numerous occasions in order to improve on his individual qualities, he said: "I really like Yaya Touré, for his peace of mind and game vision. I have often watched his games, to understand how he moves and what he does."

Diawara is presently of transfer interest to Premier League giants Tottenham, and it is suggested that they could lodge an attempt to pursue his services in either January or at the end of the season. Moussa Sissoko has not made much of an improvement to Spurs' midfield since his arrival, and according to reports, Diawara is seen as a potential replacement for the Frenchman.

Nevertheless, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has defended Sissoko's position at the Wembley Stadium, and he has repeatedly suggested that the Frenchman has a role to play for the club irrespective of the transfer speculation which does not seem to cease.

Tottenham are currently just two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool in the Premier League standings, and Pochettino is fairly optimistic of his side's chances of finishing in the top-four regardless of whether the club bolster the squad during January or not.

Meanwhile, Toure is seemingly counting his final months at the Etihad Stadium with Manchester City career more or less approaching its end. The Ivorian penned a one-year deal earlier in the summer, but things have since not gone as planned with minimal game time in the Premier League and Champions League.