Pep Guardiola has told Yaya Toure that he won't play for Manchester City again until his outspoken agent Dimitri Seluk apologises for...
Pep Guardiola has told Yaya Toure that he won't play for Manchester City again until his outspoken agent Dimitri Seluk apologises for comments he has made about the club.
Seluk accused City of 'humiliating' Toure earlier this month after the Ivory Coast star was omitted from Guardiola's squad for the group stages of the Champions League, having made his only appearance of the season in the play-off against Steaua Bucharest.
It is not the first time that Seluk has attacked City in public since Toure joined from Barcelona for £24million in 2010, but Guardiola has drawn a line and demanded that the Monaco-based Ukrainian agent says sorry this time.
Explaining the reason why Toure will not be considered for Wednesday's League Cup tie at Swansea, Guardiola warned that the 33-year-old midfielder could be frozen out completely for the remaining eight months of his £220,000-a-week contract at the Etihad unless Seluk shows how much he cares for his client and apologises.
'It was so difficult for me to leave him (Toure) out of the Champions League, so difficult,' said Guardiola. 'I know him and I know he's a good guy. 'The day after his manager spoke and in that moment Yaya is out.
Except Mr Dimitri Seluk comes back in the press conference or to his friends in the media – because he hasn't the courage to call me, he goes to the media – and apologise to Manchester City first of all, then his team-mates, and afterwards the trainer.
I know how much Dimitri Seluk loves Yaya Toure. If he loves him, show me by apologising to Manchester City for what he did in the papers.
'When that happens Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the chance to play. 'I cannot accept as a coach every agent when his player doesn't play he goes to the media and speaks.
'I cannot imagine in my day when a player's agent would go to the media and speak against Johan Cruyff. 'Maybe it's the new era but I'm old generation, and an old generation agent has to make his players his job and the coach his job.
'Today agents believe they are more than they are. If you have a problem, we can talk. Until he speaks, Yaya isn't going to play.'
Seluk has previously criticised City's chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain, who were both at Barcelona with Guardiola when Toure was sold to City six years ago.