Yaya Toure will not play for Manchester City again until his agent apologises for recent remarks in the media, manager Pep Guardiola has said.
Toure’s representative, Dimitri Seluk, recently suggested Guardiola had humiliated the midfielder by leaving him out of City’s Champions League squad.
The Ivorian has appeared in just one of City’s eight games this season – not even making the bench for the other seven – and it was assumed this was because he did not feature in Guardiola’s plans.
This ill development angered his agent who has been interviewed in several media that did not entertain Guardiola on other side.
But now Guardiola wants Seluk to apologize for making frequent comments to the press.
“It was so difficult for me to put him out of the Champions League, so difficult. I know him, I know he’s a good, good guy – but the list is the list.
“But the day after, his manager (agent) spoke. In that moment Yaya is out.
“I accept if Mr Dimitri Seluk came in a press conference or (spoke to) his friends in the media – because he has not the courage to call me – and apologised to Manchester City, his team-mates and the trainer, when that happens Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the same chance to play all the games.
“I cannot accept as a coach, every manager when his player doesn’t play, going to the media to speak and speak and speak.”
Guardiola’s revelation about Toure came on the same day the player announced his retirement from international football with the Ivory Coast.
Yaya Toure won four-time African footballer of the year.
The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder – capped 113 times.
Toure, part of the golden generation of Ivory Coast players such as Didier Drogba, his brother Kolo Toure and Gervinho, said for all his success at club level, including a Champions League with Barcelona in 2009, it was finally winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 – their first since 1992 – that remained his most precious memory.