Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has responded angrily to Pep Guardiola’s ultimatum over his client’s future at Manchester City.
Guardiola told reporters at a pre-match news conference ahead of his team’s EFL Cup tie at Swansea City that Toure will not be considered for selection until he apologises for comments made by Seluk regarding his omission from City’s Champions League squad.
Seluk months ago claimed Guardiola “humiliated” his client and has no remorse about that statement – further stating that Guardiola’s perfect record at Manchester City so far has given the Spaniard an inflated sense of worth, while criticising the Catalan for accepting his current post earlier this year while Manuel Pellegrini was still in the job.
“Guardiola wins a few games and thinks he is king,” Seluk said.
“I live in Europe so I can say whatever I like and Guardiola can’t stop me.
“What do I need to apologise for? Ok, I will apologise to Guardiola if he will apologise to [Manuel] Pellegrini for what he did to him.
“If you are a gentleman, this just does not happen. He [Pellegrini] signed a new contract last year and then he gets pushed out for Guardiola to come in. Pellegrini was a gentleman.”
Seluk’s extended his rant beyond Guardiola’s treatment of Toure, as he went on to question goalkeeper Joe Hart being dropped from the first team before being loaned to Torino.
“Guardiola also needs to apologise to Joe Hart,” he said. “It is not normal and it is not right to come to England and to get rid of the few English players.
Guardiola was tipped to include Toure for a second competitive outing of the season at Swansea, but explained his stance on the 33-year-old, who he sold to City from Barcelona in 2010 after being deemed surplus to requirements by the Spaniard at Camp Nou.
“A manager has to do his job. If he has a problem he should speak to people at the club,” he said.