Toure wants Man City role

Yaya Toure's agent has told Sky Sports News that the midfielder will stay at Manchester City if he is offered a role within the club when he finishes playing.

Last Updated: 22/05/14 at 13:02 Post Comment

Yaya Toure: Manchester City midfielder's Etihad future is in doubt

Yaya Toure: Manchester City midfielder's Etihad future is in doubt

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The Ivory Coast international's future at the Etihad Stadium has been thrown into doubt after Dimitry Seluk claimed his client felt underappreciated and disrespected at City.

Seluk suggested that one of main reasons for Toure's unhappiness was the club's failure to mark his 31st birthday last week.

But in an interview with Sky Sports News, the Ukrainian claimed Toure would be more than happy to stay should he be promised a coaching position or sporting director's role when he hangs up his boots.

Seluk said: "Of course. Like Real Madrid did with (Zinedine) Zidane for example. Zidane played then after that he started working for the club.

"Yaya needs the club in the future.

"We don't want any more pounds, not a longer contract, nothing like this, only really attention.

"More attention (paid) to Yaya and Yaya must feel happy at the club - that's the main thing.

"I'll tell you one more time, we don't need one more pound in the contract."

Toure initially appeared to contradict claims from Seluk that he could quit the club this summer after his outspoken agent claimed City had failed to celebrate his birthday adequately.

But the player quickly backtracked and made statements in favour of his agent.

A video published by City last week in which Toure was presented with a birthday cake has since been widely circulated while many also pointed out that the club had posted a happy birthday message on Twitter.

Seluk later clarified his remarks, saying that Toure was disappointed nobody from a senior position at the club wished him happy birthday.

And on Thursday he added: "Of course some players congratulated him (on his birthday) but not the sporting director, not the general director, not the chairman, nobody.

"(The manager?) No, nobody.

"This is the question. If you don't even congratulate the player or send flowers to his wife or mother - these are just small things."

I just told my boss I was leaving because he forgot to shake my hand at the Christmas party, as he was leaving. He was surprised but has since offered me a role cleaning out the bogs when I retire so we are all good again now.
- jimbobbarker

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