Yaya Toure’s Agent Accuses Pep Guardiola For ‘Humiliating’ Midfielder After Champions League Snub
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on September 4, 2016
Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has publicly criticised Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for leaving Touré out of his 21-man selection for the Champions League group stages. The Spaniard selected his squad on Friday, in which Touré was not included, and is said to not have told the Ivorian before hand.
Speaking to The Mirror, Seluk revealed that Touré wanted to see out his Manchester City contract despite being out of favour under Guardiola, but admitted he will fly to England and label Guardiola as ‘the best manager in the world’ on live TV if the Manchester City manager manages to conquer Europe and win the Champions League this year.
Seluk said: “It is Pep’s decision and we must respect that. 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.
“But if City fails to 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 joined Manchester City in 2010 for a fee of around £24million and has certainly proved his worth during his time at the Etihad, but his relationship with Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem as positive as his one with former manager Manuel Pellegrini. There are doubts that Yaya Touré does not work hard enough for Pep Guardiola’s system, that features high pressing on occasions, especially at Barcelona where he developed a “Six-second rule”, in which his players would attempt to work as hard as possible to win the ball back and if they failed, they would re-organise. At 33 years-old, Touré has a limited amount of years left within his legs and perhaps that is behind the thinking of the genius that is Pep Guardiola.