Yaya Toure’s agent says Manchester City’s attempt to mark the midfielder’s birthday with a tweet was “a joke”.
The Ivory Coast international got a birthday cake from the Premier League champions and a tweet on turning 31 a week ago.
But Dimitiri Seluk says Toure is “very upset” the club’s owners failed to acknowledge him personally and threatens the player may leave because of their lack of respect.
“None of them shook his hand on his birthday. It’s really sick,” Seluk said.
Seluk says the playmaker, who scored 20 goals in City’s title-winning campaign, never expected a present from the club’s wealthy owners on his birthday, when the squad arrived in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) last week to mark their league triumph with a friendly against local side Al Ain.
“He got a cake but when it was Roberto Carlos’s birthday, the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti,” Seluk told BBC Sport.
“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.
“I hear one newspaper has written that City congratulated him from Twitter but this is a joke. It is better they don’t put anything on Twitter if they are not saying anything to him.
“The club’s owners ate a 100kg cake after winning the Premier League this season but when they and the players were all together, none of them shook his hand on his birthday. It shows they don’t care about him.
“Of course Yaya is upset about this. It is his birthday and nobody said anything or shook his hand, so he does not feel comfortable.
“If this happened to you as a journalist in the BBC and nobody shakes your hand, you will say bye-bye and go to work for somebody else. It is normal.”
Toure signed a four-year contract with City last summer but Seluk, who has represented Toure for more than a decade, insists he could leave if they continue to “disrespect” him.
He is adamant he is not looking to negotiate an improved contract for Toure, saying: “No. Money is not important. He has enough money.
“The most important thing is a human relationship and maybe this is his opportunity for Yaya to find that. If City don’t respect him, then easy – Yaya will leave. No problem.
“It is more important he plays for a club that respects him more than having a few thousand pounds added to his salary.
“I have spoken to him about leaving and we will see what happens, but, at the moment, Yaya is really upset.”
(Culled from the BBC Sport)