Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk is known for having a big mouth without much bite to back it up, calling Manuel Pellegrini “weak” in the past and saying there was a “90% chance” Toure would leave Manchester City last summer.
But even by his standards, this one is a doozy.
Seluk expressed his concerns about Pep Guardiola possibly taking over at Manchester City, saying that he fears for his client’s playing time should a change come at manager.
“Pep is a great coach” Seluk told the Mirror. “But he has won the title at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players. Look at Luis Enrique now. Last season he won the title and the Champions League with Barcelona. I’m not saying he isn’t a good coach, but look what he did at Roma. Nothing. I’d like to see Pep take a club that is eighth or ninth and make them champions.”
Guardiola sold Toure to Manchester City back in 2010 when the two were at Barcelona, something both Toure and his agent are clearly still touchy about.
Following those comments, Seluk’s comments became slightly more logical as he began to express his feelings about how City should be run.
“In Germany, they say it is 100 per cent that Guardiola will be City’s manager and I believe it also. I don’t know what Guardiola’s plans are, but – after what happened at Barcelona – of course it is a worry that when he comes Yaya will be out. I hope not and Yaya hopes not. He has had offers to leave City, but he loves the club, he loves the fans and he loves the people of Manchester. Once Pep comes, there will be a lot more Spanish players arriving. They are trying to turn City into Barcelona when they should be creating their own identity.”
Seluk also branded Roberto Mancini as “the best manager City have had” because he built the team that Pellegrini used to win the Premier League title in 2014. It’s not the first time he’s made those feelings clear; he said the same when he branded Pellegrini as “weak” back in April.