Yaya Toure’s future at Manchester City seems more bleak by the day.
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Toure, 33, was at the heart of public criticism from new City boss Pep Guardiola on Tuesday as the Spanish coach launched a stunning attack on his agent, Dimitri Seluk and demanded an apology for his behavior.
Guardiola stated that Toure should apologize to his teammates, the club and him after Seluk hit out at the former Barcelona boss — Guardiola sold Toure to Man City when he was Barca’s boss — following his decision to leave Toure out of his squad for the UEFA Champions League.
Seluk has since hit back via Sky Sports, saying he will not apologize to Guardiola and stated “he wins a few games and thinks he is king.”
Toure, who is yet to play in the Premier League this season for City, reportedly found out about Guardiola’s request via social media and is said to be shocked.
His agent just can’t keep quiet as Seluk has again spoken to Sky Sports and continues to criticize Guardiola.
“The team he took at Barca had been built by Frank Rijkaard and then he was lucky to have Lionel Messi. It was Messi who made Barca, not Pep. Luis Enrique has shown that Barca’s success was not down to Guardiola,” Seluk said. “If Pep wants to prove himself as a great manager, then he should go to Real Zaragoza or Sunderland. Let’s see how good he is when he doesn’t take over a great team and hasn’t got half a billion pounds to spend.
“Could he do what Claudio Ranieri has done at Leicester or Mauricio Pochettino has done at Tottenham? Well we will never know because if City don’t win the league and the Champions League this season they will just give him another £100m or £200m to spend until he gets it right. That isn’t good management.”
Toure is contract to City until next summer which means he is free to speak to non-English teams in January about signing a new contract. He might want to start figuring out his future now because it is highly likely Toure will be allowed to leave in January for free as City would no doubt like to end this episode as quickly as possible.
It is claimed by Seluk that his client had a deal arranged to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer but City declined the transfer as they didn’t want to sell the Ivorian midfielder to a rival club in Europe or the Premier League.
After arriving at City in 2010, Toure has been at the heart of two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups. He will always remembered fondly by City’s fans but the past few days and perhaps the weeks and months ahead threaten to sour his legacy at the club.