Yaya Toure’s future at Manchester City is being seriously undermined by the continued controversial pronouncements of his agent.
The Ivorian international has been a bedrock of City’s success over recent years after joining the club from Barcelona in 2010.
Such has been his value to the club that the City hierarchy has traditionally turned a blind eye to some of the more extreme rantings from Toure’s long-term friend and agent Dimitri Seluk.
But it is understood that Seluk’s recent suggestions that his client is not properly valued at the Etihad Stadium have finally exhausted the patience of those at boardroom level. Seluk also erred gravely by personally attacking City football director Txiki Begiristain.
Seluk said that Begiristain ‘screwed’ current manager Manuel Pellegrini by officially naming his successor Pep Guardiola midway through the season. He added that the announcement had destroyed the morale in the City dressing room.
Toure is no longer Pellegrini’s problem as the Chilean is leaving at the end of the season. As such, the City boss continually ducks questions on the matter.
However, it was telling that Toure did not start the Champions League game against PSG on Tuesday even though he had recovered from a knee injury. This is believed to have been a decision Begiristain was fully aware of and endorsed.
It is understood that Toure has trained only sporadically for a while now and that Pellegrini and his staff, who have total control over team selection, believe they can get through big games without him as was proved this week.