Dmitri Seluk, the agent of 33-year old Manchester City player, Yaya Toure has refused to apologize to City head coach, Pep Guardiola despite calling out the coach in a previous interview.
Yaya Toure has found himself on the sidelines since the arrival of Pep and he was even dropped from the team’s Champions League list. His agent lashed out at Pep, accusing him of having it in for Yaya.
Pep Guardiola addressed Seluk at a press conference on Tuesday, asserting that Yaya would have no place in the Manchester City team until Dmitri Seluk apologized. The situation has now deteriorated, with Seluk blasting Pep in a statement yesterday.
“I will apologise to Guardiola if he will apologise to Pellegrini for what he did to him. If you are a gentleman this just does not happen.
“He signed a new contract last year then he gets pushed out for Guardiola to come in. Pellegrini was a gentleman.
“Guardiola also needs to apologise to Joe Hart. It’s not right to come to England and then get rid of a few English players. “Guardiola wants a new future for Yaya, for Hart, and they won’t be the last.”
On whether he would apologize to Pep, Seluk said,
“Well, what do I need to apologise for?”
Seluk continued: “If Pep Guardiola wants a war, then he can have one.
“Pep didn’t like my opinion? But what does he expect me to say when he does this to Yaya?
“Yaya is a player who has made history for Manchester City.
“He has won the Premier League twice, he has won the FA Cup, he has won the League Cup twice and he helped them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time.
“I spoke out because I felt that Pep was being vindictive to Yaya.
“Unfortunately for Pep, we live in a world where you have the right to free speech.
“He has reacted to what I have said about him by punishing Yaya again. But I’m not surprised.”
“Pep doesn’t want players with personality. He only wants players who are scared of him and will do what he says.
“The first thing he did when he arrived at City was to pick a fight with Yaya and Joe Hart, two of the club’s biggest players.
“Hart is England’s goalkeeper; Yaya has won the African Footballer of the Year four times.
“They have both been big personalities in the dressing room at City and Guardiola doesn’t like that.
“When you first go into someone’s house then you should treat them with respect. You don’t go into someone’s house and ask them to leave.
“He was the same at Barcelona. He forced Samuel Eto’o to leave the club. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a player who cost £57million, was sold for just £18million.
“It has to always be about Pep Guardiola, no-one else.
“Will I apologise? Well, I have learned that you must never say never.
“But will Pep apologise to Yaya? Will he apologise to Joe Hart or Manuel Pellegrini?
“Look what Guardiola did to Pellegrini. He took his job when he was still fighting for titles.
“Colleagues should have respect for each other, especially in England where it is important to act like a gentleman.”