Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has urged the Manchester City hierarchy to intervene over “s***” Pep Guardiola’s treatment of his client.
In another stinging attack on Guardiola, Seluk believes the treatment of the Ivory Coast star is “not correct” and says the midfielder has no intentions of leaving The Etihad.
The agent feels owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak must act, saying to The Sun: “They must say to Guardiola, ‘Yaya is our family’ – how is it possible to speak like this?
“It is not correct to do that. It is not correct to give up on a top-class player. But this is his decision – he is a good coach but his personality is s***.
“If Yaya is on the field or not, everyone will ask, ‘What is this decision from Guardiola?’ Normally a person cannot make a decision like this.
“And it is England, not North Korea or Afghanistan – so people will discuss whether it is right and they will have their opinions.
“It is necessary to remember that Yaya, when he was in Barcelona, played as a defender and they won against Man United [in the 2009 Champions League final].
“It is very strange. All supporters like Guardiola but my opinion is that supporters also see that Yaya gave City a lot. They won the title two times with him and won cups.
“We’ll see what Pep does. Many people don’t understand how it is possible to do what he has done with players.”
Seluk blasted Guardiola on Friday and labelled the former Barca coach selfish, after the City boss had demanded an apology from the agent over previous remarks concerning Toure.
Guardiola has said Toure will not play for him again at City until he and the club’s players receive an apology from the midfielder over his representative’s remarks, but that is unlikely to happen with Seluk believing there is nothing wrong with questioning Guardiola’s decision to only play Toure once this season.
“He has a contract until June and he will stay,” added Seluk.
“If they want him to leave they must make a conversation with me and then it is if we agree.
“Okay, Guardiola has won matches this season, so everyone must only see his fantastic football. But his personality is far from great. I repeat the message from everywhere that he has been from Barcelona to Bayern Munich. Many people don’t like him.
“When Yaya came to the club they spent only £20 million on players, not Guardiola who comes and buys three or four big signings – maybe he’ll spend £1 billion on players.
“After that he will say it is very difficult and £1bn is not enough. If he comes to West Brom would he win the title?
“[Claudio] Ranieri, [Ronald] Koeman and [Mauricio] Pochettino show what is possible with less money. It is more easy with half a billion pounds.”
The whole sorry saga is unfairly tarnishing Toure’s legacy; is he to blame, or is Seluk?