Tension between Yaya Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk and Manchester City new boss, Pep Guardiola has continued to grow with Seluk now wanting the club authorities to interfere and tell the boss that Yaya is a part of “family” at the Etihad.
Toure’s agent, Seluk previously criticized Pep Guardiola’s decision to exclude the 33-year-old midfielder from Manchester City’s 25-man UCL squad as “humiliating”. However, Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola reacted strongly to Seluk and demanded an apology from Seluk. The Spaniard also said that he will not include Yaya Toure in his plans unless his representative apologizes to the club and him.
Nevertheless, Seluk has remained firm on his position and has persisted that he will not apologize to the former Barcelona boss and feels he did nothing on expressing his opinion. Yaya Toure who only featured against Steaua Bucharest under Pep Guardiola has found himself on the way out of the club.
Toure’s representative believes that club owner, Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak should intervene in between, speaking to The Sun: “They must say to Guardiola, ‘Yaya is our family’ – how is it possible to speak like this?
“It is not correct to do that. It is not correct to give up on a top-class player. But this is his decision – he is a good coach but his personality is s***.
“If Yaya is on the field or not, everyone will ask, ‘What is this decision from Guardiola?’ Normally a person cannot make a decision like this.
“And it is England, not North Korea or Afghanistan – so people will discuss whether it is right and they will have their opinions.
“It is necessary to remember that Yaya, when he was in Barcelona, played as a defender and they won against Man United [in the 2009 Champions League final].
“It is very strange. All supporters like Guardiola but my opinion is that supporters also see that Yaya gave City a lot. They won the title two times with him and won cups.
“We’ll see what Pep does. Many people don’t understand how it is possible to do what he has done with players.”
Dimitri Seluk persists that his client will be heading away from the Etihad stadium at the end of his contract this June, until and unless the club authorities negotiate acceptable terms with the Ivory Coast national. Meanwhile, Seluk continued questioning Guardiola’s actions at the club to isolate Toure and Hart, who has won ten out of ten games he has managed for the Citizens.
“He has a contract until June and he will stay,” Toure’s agent added.
“If they want him to leave they must make a conversation with me and then it is if we agree.
“Okay, Guardiola has won matches this season, so everyone must only see his fantastic football. But his personality is far from great. I repeat the message from everywhere that he has been from Barcelona to Bayern Munich. Many people don’t like him.
“When Yaya came to the club they spent only £20 million on players, not Guardiola who comes and buys three or four big signings – maybe he’ll spend £1 billion on players.
“After that he will say it is very difficult and £1bn is not enough. If he comes to West Brom would he win the title?
“[Claudio] Ranieri, [Ronald] Koeman and [Mauricio] Pochettino show what is possible with less money. It is more easy with half a billion pounds.”