Never say never.
Yaya Toure looks like his season-long peace with Pep Guardiola will stretch into a new season, with Toure’s combustible agent admitting talks with Manchester City regarding a new contract.
Dimitri Seluk is
among the worst agents on Earth Toure’s agent, and said, “We are talking. We will see what happens but City is a club that is in Yaya’s heart.”
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But Seluk has not been in City’s heart, having made numerous poor decisions on when to open his mouth, deepening a rift between Toure and Guardiola that kept the player off the pitch for some time. Earlier this Spring, Seluk also suggested that Toure could join Manchester United.
So, yeah, smart guy. Hates microphones and publicity.
Toure turned 34 this month, and became a fixture for Guardiola once he broke into the lineup. The midfielder made nine-straight starts around the turn of the calendar, scoring five goals in the Premier League.
Dimitri Seluk is among the worst parts of football, but he’s given us a funny story for a Friday morning.
Yaya Toure’s agent has been a constant thorn in the player’s side, whether the midfielder agrees or not.
Seluk has ruffled the feathers of City boss Pep Guardiola, amplified in-house issues in the press, and been an all-around nuisance. Remember his suggestions that Toure could cross town to join Manchester United?
Perhaps no drama spoke louder than Seluk’s claims that City did not respect Toure’s birthday in 2014, when the midfielder wasn’t given cake or flowers — the nerve! — by the Etihad Stadium set.
Well, Seluk is hopeful that City’s fans will — wait for it — bring cakes to the Etihad Stadium for the Leicester City match on Saturday. For one thing, it’ll be the player’s 34th birthday, but also what Seluk imagines will be one of Toure’s final matches at the venue in a City shirt.
“The City fans should all bring cakes to the game to show Yaya how much they love him. It looks like this will be Yaya’s final season with City and I think he deserves a special goodbye from the people of Manchester.
“What happened three years ago was a joke that was misunderstood. I think everybody will be able to laugh about it if supporters gave him a cake for this birthday.”
Oh, Dimitri. Your “joke” was hilarious. No one thought you were joking when you blasted City for its birthday plans, and a similar number probably appreciate your words about Toure’s future considering the player is hopeful of an Etihad stay.
Funny? Sure. Still the worst amongst high-profile agents? Without question.
It’s no surprise that the first questions for Pep Guardiola on Friday were on the subject of Yaya Toure.
The detached midfielder, 33, has been a massive part of Manchester City in the past few years but has appeared just once since Guardiola took over.
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Part of that absence has to do with a poor relationship between the two stemming back to Barcelona, but more has to do with Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk. The agent has bashed Guardiola several times, and the manager said he needs an apology from Seluk before Toure can return to the playing field.
Seluk remains combative, though he admitted calling Guardiola at Toure’s behest before issuing more tempestuous comments on Friday. We’ll leave those be because, frankly, he’s not worth the effort.
Toure issued a public apology on Friday and said he’s spoken with Guardiola on behalf of his agent, apologizing.
So what’s the manager’s response? From Sky Sports:
“I spoke with Yaya today, of course it’s a private conversation. It’s good news for Manchester City.
“Yaya is in all our meetings and all our training sessions. I spoke with him and it’s good, that’s all. Now we focus on Middlesbrough.”
Is the saga over (at least as we currently know it)? Let’s hope so.
Yaya Toure’s campaign to get back into the Manchester City squad is full speed ahead.
Toure, 33, has 72 goals and 45 assists in 269 for City but has not featured aside from a late August UCL qualifier against Steaua Bucuresti.
Despite an icy relationship with Guardiola dating back to their time at Barcelona, the manager has made it clear that an apology from agent Dimitri Seluk — not Toure — is what’s necessary to get the player back in his plans.
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Seluk made Thursday claims that he’s attempting to apologize to Guardiola at Toure’s behest, and Yaya took it a step further one day later.
From the BBC:
“I wish to apologise – on behalf of myself and those who represent me,” said the Ivory Coast player.
The 33-year-old added that he wants “to help City succeed further”.
Toure said a lot more, thanking the fans for their support and pledging his love for what the club has accomplished during his time there.
Despite his mercurial performances — he goes from one of the world’s best to a passenger on any given day — it’d be nice to see his exit from City be more impactful than a poor agent’s blatherings. Here’s hoping Pep is listening.
Agent Dimitri Seluk has received a message from high-profile client Yaya Toure: Make peace with Pep.
Seluk has offered waves of criticism in the direction of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who has not enjoyed a good relationship with Toure dating back to Barcelona.
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Guardiola publicly offered Yaya a route back into the team when he suggested last month that a Seluk apology would be a necessary step toward Toure seeing time on the pitch.
Seluk clearly gets it now. From Goal.com:
“This is a genuine gesture. I hope Pep accepts that my hope is that we can start with a clean page.
“Of course, I hope Pep takes the decision to bring Yaya back into his squad. But even if he doesn’t, I can assure him that I am not going to speak about him any more in the media.
“I have sent this message because Pep hasn’t returned my calls. I really do hope this can be a new start and that Yaya can help Manchester City to win more trophies.”
Knowing Seluk, he’s probably calling during City games or at 3 a.m.
Seluk is far from a super agent, with Kolo Toure and retired Frenchman Eric Abidal the biggest names who’ve been on his books (besides Yaya). This ordeal alone must be hurting his business, and you have to wonder whether Yaya might just say goodbye to Seluk at some point.
Then again, if enough wasn’t enough after the birthday fiasco, when will it be?
Yaya remains untied for European competition, so not using him until January could make sense for Guardiola and may be the plan regardless of apology.