Sadly for Yaya Toure this is fast becoming a farcical situation.
The Manchester City midfielder, 33, announced has been at the center of a very public falling out between his manager Pep Guardiola and his agent Dimitri Seluk.
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On Tuesday Guardiola stated that Toure will not play again for him at City until he apologizes to his teammates and the club for the comments of his agent following Guardiola’s decision to leave him out of City’s UEFA Champions League squad.
Previously Seluk was fuming that Guardiola had “embarrassed” Toure and said he hoped Guardiola would “have the balls” to apologize to Toure if City did not win the UCL this season.
Toure has not played a single second in the Premier League this season under Guardiola and with a year left on his contract at the Etihad he can start discussing a contract with foreign teams from January 1, 2017. After Guardiola sold Toure to Man City from Barcelona in 2010, it always seemed likely it would end this way. And oh yeah, by the way, Toure decided to retire from international soccer on Tuesday too.
So, here’s how it all went down today. First Guardiola said this in his news conference before City’s League Cup game at Swansea City on Wednesday.
“He must apologize to his team-mates. He must apologize to the club,” said Guardiola. “If he doesn’t, he won’t play. A manager has to make his job. If he has a problem he should speak to people at the club. But the day after, his manager (agent) went to the media. He (Yaya) has not had the courage to call me. I cannot imagine when I was a player that my manager [agent] would go to the media and speak against [former Barcelona coach] Johan Cruyff and say about this and that. Maybe it is a new period and things are changing. But I am an old guy. In the old generation, the manager has to make his job and the player his job, trainer his job.”
Which was then quickly reacted to by Seluk, who spoke to Sky Sports in the UK and the interview which was then broadcast on air as an irate Seluk when back and forth but claimed he would never apologize to Guardiola.
“What do I need to apologize for?” Seluk said. “Guardiola wins a few games and he thinks he is king. I live in Europe so I can say whatever I like and Guardiola can’t stop me. Okay, I will apologize to Guardiola if he will apologize to Pellegrini for what he did to him. If you are a gentleman, this just does not happen. Pellegrini signed a new contract last year and then he gets pushed out for Guardiola to come in. Pellegrini was a gentleman. Guardiola also needs to apologize to Joe Hart. It is not normal and it is not right to come to England and to get rid of the few English players. When you come to a country you must respect the country and respect its people.
“When Yaya went to Man City, they could only dream about the Champions League. The biggest stars in Europe did not want to come to City, but Yaya came. They weren’t a big club. After he arrives they started winning; two league titles, cups and now the semis of the Champions League. I want Man City to win everything; to win all their games because it means more trophies for Yaya. City have great players, but Guardiola wants new future for Yaya, for Hart…and they won’t be the last.
“I respect managers like Claudio Ranieri who achieve without spending so much money on players.”
This is a sad way for Toure to end his time at City after winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups since arriving in 2010.
He will always remembered for being at the heart of City’s most successful years as a club but the Ivorian midfielder will have a little asterisk next to his name for some of his questionable performances over the past 12 months and also this ugly episode between himself, his agent and Guardiola.