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Monday 5 December 2016

Sorry seems to be the hardest word for Toure's agent and City boss Pep

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been caught up in a row between City boss Pep Guardiola and his agent Dimitri Seluk. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been caught up in a row between City boss Pep Guardiola and his agent Dimitri Seluk. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure's agent has become embroiled in an extraordinary war of words with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola has said the midfielder will not play for him again until his representative, Dimitri Seluk, apologises for recent remarks in the press.

But Seluk, who claimed Guardiola had humiliated Toure by leaving him out of City's Champions League squad, has said it is the Spaniard who should be saying sorry.

Seluk listed a string of complaints against City's manager, including the manner in which he succeeded Manuel Pellegrini in the summer and then replaced goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Seluk 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 cannot stop me.

"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. He signed a new contract last year then he gets pushed out for Guardiola to come in. Pellegrini was a gentleman.

"Guardiola also needs to apologise to Joe Hart. It's not right to come to England and then get rid of a few English players."

Before Seluk's outburst, Guardiola revealed in a press conference ahead of tonight's League Cup third round clash at Swansea his anger at the latest of Seluk's frequent comments.

The Spaniard Guardiola said: "It was so difficult for me to put him out of the Champions League, so difficult. I know him, I know he's a good, good guy - but the list is the list. But the day after, his manager (agent) spoke. In that moment Yaya is out.

Speak

"I accept if Mr Dimitri Seluk came in a press conference or (spoke to) his friends in the media - because he has not the courage to call me - and apologised to Manchester City, his team-mates and the trainer, when that happens Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the same chance to play all the games.

"I cannot accept as a coach, every manager when his player doesn't play, going to the media to speak and speak and speak."

Seluk has a long history of making controversial remarks concerning his client - most notoriously in 2014 when he claimed the club showed Toure a lack of respect on his 31st birthday, not even giving him a cake.

But now it seems Guardiola, who previously coached Toure at Barcelona, is not prepared to accept the situation.

Guardiola said: "I cannot imagine, in my period when I was a football player, my manager going to the media and speaking against Johan Cruyff, about this and about that. Maybe it's a new era now, the new period changing, but I'm an old guy. I am old generation, and (an) old generation manager has to make his players his job and trainers his job.

"Today the managers (agents) believe they are more then they are. If he has a problem call (director of football) Txiki Begiristain, the club, and they can talk."

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