Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has launched an astonishing tirade against Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and the Citizens’ board, according to The Mirror.
Monaco based Seluk is angry at his belief that Toure is being made into a scapegoat for the Blues’ substandard season, following speculation that he will leave this summer.
The football agent branded Chilean Manuel Pellegrini “a weak manager”, but saved his most barbed comments for chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain.
Seluk said, “Some people at City are trying to blame Yaya for what has happened this season.
“But those people aren’t taking responsibility for their own mistakes.
“I am talking about executives who have bought players for a lot of money – and then put those players on the bench. I am talking about executives who spend a lot of money on Stevan Jovetic and then drop him from the Champions League squad.
“I feel sorry for Pellegrini. He is a good coach, but a weak manager. He won the title with the team left behind by Roberto Mancini.
“It seems the answer for everything at City is to blame Yaya.”
Former Malaga and Real Madrid boss Pellegrini is widely expected to be sacked should Manchester City fail to qualify for Champions League football, though Soriano and Begiristain will be called into question having spent £86 million on Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala, Willy Caballero, Fernando and Wilfried Bony without actually improving the squad.
It is rumoured that City will look to offload Toure, who earns £220,000 per week, with Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini keen on bringing him to Serie A.
Seluk said, “Yaya’s has had a very tough year. He has played in the World Cup and at the African Nations and played almost every minute of every game for City.
“Also, his brother died last year and he is still badly affected by the loss.
“The problem is that City want Yaya to do everything. They want him to score goals, they want him to assist goals, and they want him to defend.
“He cannot do it all on his own.”