Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has ‘humiliated’ Yaya Toure by dropping him from the club’s Champions League squad, says the player’s agent.
The 33-year-old will not feature for City in the group stage of the competition, with Guardiola choosing to leave him out of the squad due to UEFA rules restricting the number of overseas players he could include.
Unsurprisingly, Toure’s agent hasn’t taken the news well, and following on from previous criticism levelled at the Spanish tactician, he has continued to publicly air his feelings even though it will in all probability serve to make his client’s position worse.
“If he wins the Champions League for City this season then I will travel to England and I will say on television that Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world,” Dimitri Seluk told the Sunday Mirror.
“But if City don’t win the Champions League then I hope that Pep has got the balls to say that he was wrong to humiliate a great player like Yaya.
“This is Pep’s decision and we must respect it. Yaya is a professional and so he will do everything he is asked to do.
“Perhaps Pep will think he is good enough to play in the final 10 minutes of a League Cup game against a third division team, and, yes, I am joking.”
Given their history from their time at Barcelona, it’s hardly a surprise to see this situation present itself and Toure would arguably have been smart to just immediately look for a new club if there was a risk that he would see limited playing time this season.
Instead, he opted to stay for whatever reason, be it the desire to prove Guardiola wrong and fight for his place or to continue to earn big money with his contract at the club.
It doesn’t look like it will pay off as he has yet to feature in the Premier League this season, and will likely be restricted to a bit-part role for as long as he stays with no chance of Champions League football in the coming months either.