Pep Guardiola has insisted that he will not allow Yaya Toure to play for Manchester City unless his agent apologizes for comments aimed at the manager.
Toure had played for Guardiola back in his Barcelona days before being sold to City in 2010. However, the former Ivory Coast international was surprisingly omitted from the 25-man Champions League squad this month and has yet to feature for the club this season.
The incident led to criticism by Toure’s representing manager Dimitri Seluk, who questioned whether Guardiola had “the balls to say that he was wrong to humiliate a great player like Yaya” should City not win the Champions League.
Guardiola responded firmly and insisted that Toure will not feature Manchester City again unless Seluk retracts his statement.
“He must apologise to his team-mates, to the club. If he doesn’t, he won’t play,” said the 45-year-old.
“It was difficult to leave him out of the Champions League squad but [the] day after, his [agent] went to the media.”
“He has not had the courage to call me. From that moment he was out. I know him, I know he’s a good guy, but it was difficult for me as well to put Aleix García out.”
“I cannot imagine in my period when I was a football player, my manager going to the media and speaking against Johan Cruyff, about this and about that. If he has a problem call the club, and they can talk. Until he speaks, Yaya is not going to play.”