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Manchester City Boss Demands Apology For Yaya Toure To Have Any Chance Of Playing

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has demanded an apology from Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk. Seluk had earlier accused Pep for humiliating Toure as the gaffer didn’t include Toure in the Champions League squad.

Toure’s last match in the Blue colours was the Champions League Qualifier second leg against Steaua Bucharest which they won 1-0. Guardiola said, “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 guy. But the day after his manager [Seluk] spoke, in that moment Yaya is out. I cannot accept as a coach, when his player doesn’t play, going to the media to speak and speak and speak.” He added that Seluk did not have the “courage” to call him, but could always apologise via the media. “When that happens, Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the same chance to play all the games.”

Guardiola replaced Manuel Pellegrini as the City coach. England no 1 Joe Hart was also loaned to Torino after Pep told him that he was not in his plans. Pep Signed Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for reportedly £17 million to replace Hart.

Seluk is known for throwing tantrums. He had earlier accused City for not celebrating Yaya Toure’s birthday properly and even warned that Yaya could be on his way out from Etihad. However, Seluk refused to apologise. In an interview to BBC Sport the Ukranian said, “What do I need to apologise for? He should speak to Yaya. Yaya is doing his job. We will see what happens. His contract expires at the end of the season and in January he will be free to go.”

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