Yaya Toure might leave current club Manchester City in the summer when new coach Pep Guardiola comes in. Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk made the shocking revelations.
The four-time African Footballer of the Year, Toure had a fall out with his then Barcelona coach, Guardiola when he played for the team from 2008 to 2010. Toure then moved to Manchester City for £25million in July 2010 as Guardiola preferred Sergio Busquets in defensive midfield.
Daily Mail reports that in an interview with ONA FM in February 2014, Toure blamed Guardiola for his departure from Barcelona.
“Whenever I asked him something, he always gave strange answers. He pretty much ignored me until City’s offer came in. That’s why I eventually opted to leave. I didn’t speak to Guardiola for a year. If he had talked to me, I would have stayed at Barcelona,” Toure said.
“I did not want to go and wanted to end my career at Barcelona. However, he had no faith in me.”
Seluk’s prediction then indeed might come true.
“I think Yaya will leave the club,” Seluk told The Sun. “But before leaving I hope he will win again the league and all the cups. It’s not a question of whether Pep likes him or not. It’s life, you know.”
“Pep can call Yaya and speak to him to let him know ‘I’m with you’ or ‘I am not with you’”, Seluk added.
Seluk also accused Guardiola of lacking the courage to stay at Barcelona when arch-rivals Real Madrid won La Liga in 2012.
“In my opinion, everyone who has balls must stay in a team not only when they are successful but when things are difficult. Barcelona win because it’s like a big family and their structure is an example for everybody,” Seluk said.
“So it’s not a question of persons. Luis Enrique has done the same as Guardiola. It’s not possible to say forever it’s the team of Guardiola.”
Toure still has 12 months left on his £240,000 per week contract before deciding his final move. His agent however, has thrown an open challenge to Guardiola.
“Yaya won every trophy in England without Guardiola. Will Guardiola win without Yaya?,” Seluk said.
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