Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he will not pick Yaya Toure until his agent apologises for criticising the decision to leave the player out.
Toure who was left out of City’s Champions League squad has made only one appearance this season.
His agent, Dimitri Seluk, claimed the midfielder had been “humiliated”,and Guardiola in a press conference yesterday said: “Seluk must apologise. If he doesn’t, he [Toure] won’t play.”
He added: “He should speak to Yaya. Yaya is doing his job.
“But the day after his manager [Seluk] spoke. In that moment Yaya is out.
“I cannot accept as a coach, when his player doesn’t play, going to the media to speak and speak and speak.”
The Former Catalan boss added Seluk did not have the “courage” to call him but said Seluk could always apologise via the media. “When that happens Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the same chance to play all the games.”
Guardiola was speaking soon after Toure announced his international retirement.
Having made his debut for the Ivory Coast in 2004, Toure won 113 international caps, winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.
“Writing this note was probably ‘the most difficult match of my life’,” he said in a statement.