Ivorian Midfielder Yaya Toure is likely to leave Manchester City this summer, his agent has revealed.
The midfielder’s agent claims that this is likely to be the 32-year-old’s last season at the Etihad Stadium and has again criticised incoming head coach Pep Guardiola.
Yaya Toure’s agent believes that this is likely to be Toure’s last season at the Etihad Stadium following the arrival of Pep Guardiola.
City confirmed on Monday that the Bayern Munich boss will be replacing Manuel Pellegrini as manager after the end of the season.
Guardiola sanctioned Toure’s £24 million move from Barcelona to City in 2010, and now, the 32-year-old’s agent expects this to be the midfielder’s final campaign at the Etihad Stadium.
“I think Yaya will leave the club,” Dimitri 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 also criticised Guardiola for leaving Barcelona after his failure to win 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,” he said.
“Barcelona win because it’s like a big family and their structure is an example for everybody.
“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.”
Seluk has also hit out at City’s technical director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano, suggesting that they would not be at the club if Toure hadn’t joined from Barcelona.
“Yaya opened the door for the people who worked for Barcelona. Yaya went to a place where many changes were necessary,” he said.
“He was not afraid. But now everybody from Barca comes to City.
“Yaya won every trophy in England without Guardiola. Will Guardiola win without Yaya?”