Pep Guardiola has hit out at Yaya Touré’s agent Dimitri Seluk, demanding an apology over the comments made by the Russian over the player’s exclusion from Guardiola’s first team plans.
Seluk blasted Guardiola for mistreating his client, after the Spaniard excluded Touré from Manchester City’s Champions League squad.
And now, Guardiola has hit back at Seluk’s comments, confirming that Touré would not play another game for the Citizens till his agent publicly apologized to him.
“It was so difficult for me to leave him (Touré) out of the Champions League, so difficult,’ said Guardiola. ‘I know him and I know he’s a good guy.
“The day after his manager spoke and in that moment Yaya is out. Except Mr Dimitri Seluk comes back in the press conference or to his friends in the media – because he hasn’t the courage to call me, he goes to the media – and apologise to Manchester City first of all, then his team-mates, and afterwards the trainer.
“When that happens Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the chance to play.
“I cannot accept as a coach every agent (who) when his player doesn’t play he goes to the media and speaks. I know how much Dimitri Seluk loves Yaya Toure. If he loves him, show me by apologizing to Manchester City for what he did in the papers.
“I cannot imagine in my day when a player’s agent would go to the media and speak against Johan Cruyff.
“Maybe it’s the new era but I’m old generation, and an old generation agent has to make his players his job and the coach his job.
“Today agents believe they are more than they are. If you have a problem, we can talk. Until he speaks, Yaya isn’t going to play.”
However, Seluk has continued his war of words with the City manager, refusing to apologize and claiming that Guardiola ‘thinks he’s king because he won a few games.’
“Guardiola wins a few games and thinks he’s king.
“I live in Europe so I can say what I like and Guardiola can’t stop me.
“I will apologise to Guardiola if he will apologise to Manuel Pellegrini for what he did to him.”