Manchester City’s following in the African continent is set to take a massive hit due to Yaya Toure’s ill-treatment by Pep Guardiola.
Toure has been deemed surplus to requirements at City after the arrival of Gundogan, Nolito, Leroy Sane and a few others, as Guardiola attempts to get rid of the deadwood and build a fresh, young team.
The Ivory Coast international is not one to stay at a place where he doesn’t feel loved, and is likely to leave the club at the end of the season. He will not settle for a place on the bench, and will look for a club that can guarantee him first team opportunities.
Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly showing an interest in the 33-year-old, but City are unlikely to sell to their direct title rivals.
Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk believes the impact Guardiola’s rash treatment of the four-time African player of the year could have on the club’s following in Africa could be massive, with a majority of the fans likely to start supporting Manchester United – who also signed Toure’s Ivory Coast team-mate Eric Bailly in the summer.
“Yaya in January can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs abroad,” Seluk said. “He will have many offers from clubs. China and America of course they want him but we will have a lot of offers from England and Europe.
“He is in very good shape, very good condition, I think he lost seven kilograms. Maybe that’s not good enough for Guardiola, but then Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasn’t good enough for him (at Barcelona).”
“They will lose a lot of millions of supporters from Africa because of this decision from Guardiola,” the midfielder’s agent added.
“Now they will support Manchester United. A lot of people in Africa say they will never see any more matches of City on TV.”