Yaya Toure’s agent has opened a can of worms after suggesting that Manchester City does not ‘care’ for the star midfielder and that Toure could well be on his way out this summer.

Speaking to The Sun, Yaya Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, suggested that the midfielder was completely ignored on his birthday by club officials, suggesting that the club did not care enough for him. The agent went on to compare the situation with that of Roberto Carlos, commenting that the Brazilian full-back was gifted a Bugatti on his birthday while Toure was shown no respect by the club officials.

“None of them shook his hand on his birthday. It’s really sick, you know. He got a cake but when it was Roberto Carlos’s birthday, the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti.”

“I don’t expect City to present Yaya with a Bugatti, we only asked that they shook his hand and said, “We congratulate you”. It is the minimum they must do when it is his birthday and the squad is all together.”

The agent seemed to issue a warning to Manchester City by making it clear that Yaya Toure could leave the club if he was not shown the respect he ‘deserved’. Toure has been phenomenal for the Blues in the past couple of seasons and has been their best player this season which saw them win the Premier League back from city rivals Manchester United.

“If they don’t respect him, then easy – Yaya will leave. No problem.”

“There is a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer. He is very upset. What happened at his birthday means the club don’t care about him. It was proof.”

“They can say whatever they want, “Oh we like him but we forgot”. Forgot? About Yaya? The player who helped you to be two-time Premier League champions? The guy who helped you win the FA Cup and League Cup?”

The agent also pointed out that Toure would have been more respected had he been playing for a club like Liverpool, suggesting that he was not given his due stature at Manchester City.

“If a player like Yaya went to Liverpool and they won the league for the first time in 24 years, Yaya would be a god in Liverpool.”

“But at City, Yaya is no hero. He’s nobody. That’s how the club make him feel. He’s very upset and he started thinking about leaving the club. And he will leave if things carry on like this.”

The agent was quick to point out Toure could leave City despite taking a pay-cut while commenting that only ‘stupid people’ would want the player to leave the club.

“We’re not doing this for more money. We probably can go for less money to another club. If they think they can buy everything, they are wrong. I think these people don’t care. Only stupid people would want Yaya to leave.”

However Yaya Toure was quick to dismiss these allegations by making light of the situation, suggesting that all was well between him and the club. He took to Twitter to clear up the issue, asking the fans to judge his commitment only by his performances for the club. But the player also backed his agent, claiming that Dimitry spoke his behalf and that the player will issue a complete statement and give an interview after the World Cup.



It now remains to be seen if Yaya Toure and Manchester City are to engage in a war of words and if the issue could turn into a prolonged transfer saga as most of the top European clubs will be more than keen to sign Toure in the coming summer.