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Pep wants apology from Toure’s agent or be left out of team


Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder and captain Yaya Toure controls the ball/ AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder and captain Yaya Toure controls the ball/ AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

Pep Guardiola says Yaya Toure will not feature for Manchester City until he receives an apology for Dmitri Seluk’s recent outbursts in the media.Guardiola left Toure out of his Champions League squad for this season and Goal understands City were keen to move the Ivorian on if they could find a willing buyer in the summer transfer window.

Seluk, Toure’s agent, told the press a day after his exclusion from that squad that the decision “humiliated” his client, and that “if City don’t 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.”

Guardiola, however, has not taken kindly to the comments, and said on the eve of City’s League Cup clash with Swansea City that Toure will play no part, and that he can expect to be left out until the Toure camp reaches out to the City boss and his players to make amends.

“It was so difficult for me to put him out in the Champions League,” Guardiola said. “So difficult. I know him, I know he’s a good, good guy, but it was difficult for me as well to put Aleix Garcia out, [they are] the only two players that are out, because the list is the list. 

“But the day after his agent spoke. In that moment Yaya is out. Unless Mr. Dmitri Seluk comes back in the press conference, or his friends in the media, [until] he has the courage to call me, or go to the media and say he apologises to Manchester City, the first one, the second one is his team-mates and after the trainer.”
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1 Comment
  • Jude-Silva Okonkwo

    Pep should tell the public what he has against Taya Toure since his stint as a coach in Barcelona.