Pep Guardiola is taking revenge by turning Manchester City against Yaya Toure, claims his agent
Dmitri Seluk has launched yet another tirade at Pep Guardiola accusing him of exacting revenge as the Manchester City manager has vowed not to play Yaya Toure this season. Toure’s agent Seluk revealed that this is a result of the altercation that happened between them when the player left Guardiola’s Barcelona in 2010. The latest outburst is an apparent consequence of Guardiola’s refusal to discuss the player’s future with the agent leaving his career in jitters.
Toure has only featured in one game so far this season, in the Champions League play-off tie against Steaua Bucharest. Since then Yaya has been omitted from the Champions League squad and hasn’t been played in any of the Premier League games. Furthermore, the agent has also accused the manager of turning Manchester City owners and its fans against the former captain who still loves the club.
"I know what his problem is," Seluk told the Mirror. "When Pep forced Yaya out of Barcelona I criticised him.
"This is his revenge. And it is personal, not professional. I asked City in the summer if they wanted Yaya to leave and was told that he was part of the plan."
"When Yaya was left out of the Champions League squad, I called Pep. I wanted to ask him his reasons, but he didn't call me back," Seluk continued.
"I also tried to call Txiki - but he didn't call me back either. So I don't think the club can criticise me for doing an interview in the newspaper when they wouldn't even talk to me.
"Pep talks about respect. But to get respect you have to show it. Before City played at the Nou Camp, I called Pep again. I wanted to ask him if we could meet for talks while he was in Barcelona.
"I also called Txiki. But nothing came back. I sent them texts also, but again there was nothing back. I have the phone records to prove this."
Besides emphasising on the problem and the lack of response from the manager in reaching a conclusion, Seluk further accused Guardiola of humiliating Yaya Toure at the club. According to the agent, Guardiola’s actions dictate his intention to not make peace but turn the club against the player who seemingly loves the club.
Seluk added, "I was not making contact to apologise - but neither Pep or Txiki knew this. Why should I apologise when I am guilty of nothing but telling the truth?
"My idea was to talk man-to-man, to find out how we can move things forward for the best interests of Manchester City and Yaya. All I got was silence. So it must be clear to everyone that Pep isn't looking for an apology.
"It is about him turning Sheikh Mansour and the City fans against a player who loves the club.
"Pep is allowing his ego to make decisions that aren't in the best interests of Manchester City."
Yaya Toure has kept mum on these conspiracy theories and only vowed to earn his place in the team. In his six years at Manchester City, he has scored 57 goals in 195 appearances.
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