Yaya Touré’s agent Dimitri Seluk has demanded an apology from new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola over the midfielder’s omission from the club’s Champions League squad.
It was rumoured that Touré would look to leave the club if Guardiola was appointed manager. The Ivorian was sold to City from Barcelona while Guardiola was the manager of the Catalans, and their relationship does not seem to be on the mend.
An uncertainty of a guaranteed place in the first team would not be welcomed by Touré, who has always been insistent that he will only stay at a club where he is loved. And while Touré might believe he is too good to sit on the bench, his agent Seluk has confirmed that the 33-year-old will not be leaving the club this season.
“If he wins the Champions League for City this season then I will travel to England and I will say on television that Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world,” Seluk told Sunday Mirror Sport.
“But if City don’t win the Champions League then I hope that Pep has got the balls to say that he was wrong to humiliate a great player like Yaya.
“This is Pep’s decision and we must respect it. Yaya is a professional and so he will do everything he is asked to do.
“Perhaps Pep will think he is good enough to play in the final 10 minutes of a League Cup game against a third division team – and, yes, I am joking.
“But what I can tell you is that Yaya will spend the season at City. He will not be leaving in January. He hopes that he will get the chance to prove himself.”
Touré has been a crucial player for Manchester City since he signed for the club in 2010, helping them to their first ever Premier League title in 2011. He will certainly go down as one of the best players to have ever played for the Citizens.