Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola should be saying sorry himself rather than demanding an apology from his client.
Toure has been told he will not play for City again unless Guardiola gets an apology for Seluk’s criticism of his decision to omit the player from City’s Champions League squad.
But that apology will not come from Seluk, who has accused Guardiola of behaving like “a king” on the back of eight straight wins at the start of his City career.
And Toure’s agent has gone further saying it is the City boss who ought to say sorry – to predecessor Manuel Pellegrini and exiled England goalkeeper Joe Hart.
“What do I need to apologise for?” he said. “Guardiola wins a few games and he thinks he is king. I live in Europe so I can say whatever I like and Guardiola can’t stop me.
Okay, I will apologise to Guardiola if he will apologise to Pellegrini for what he did to him. If you are a gentleman, this just does not happen. Pellegrini signed a new contract last year and then he gets pushed out for Guardiola to come in. Pellegrini was a gentleman.
Guardiola also needs to apologise to Joe Hart. It is not normal and it is not right to come to England and to get rid of the few English players. When you come to a country you must respect the country and respect its people.”
Hart joined Torino on loan last month after winning two Premier League titles alongside Toure, whose performances at City helped him to four straight African Footballer of the Year awards.
Seluk said: ” When Yaya went to Man City, they could only dream about the Champions League. The biggest stars in Europe did not want to come to City, but Yaya came. They weren’t a big club. After he arrives they started winning; two league titles, cups and now the semis of the Champions League.
I want Man City to win everything; to win all their games because it means more trophies for Yaya. City have great players, but Guardiola wants new future for Yaya, for Hart…and they won’t be the last.
I respect managers like Claudio Ranieri who achieve without spending so much money on players.”