Guardi­ola treats play­ers like dogs

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

YAYA TOURÉ’S agent Dim­itri Seluk ac­cused Manch­ester City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola of treat­ing his play­ers “like dogs” in the lat­est chap­ter of his pub­lic is­sue with the high-pro­file coach. Guardi­ola’s ul­ti­ma­tum that Touré apol­o­gises on be­half of his agent be­fore he is re­turned to the squad has not si­lenced Seluk, whose lat­est at­tacks add fur­ther doubt to the Ivory Coast’s star’s fu­ture at the club. “Pep Guardi­ola – he thinks only about him­self. He thinks he is al­ready God,” Seluk told the BBC. “He won with Barcelona many ti­tles but Yaya also won the same ti­tles, with Barcelona. Pep thinks now he has won ev­ery­thing and he can do what he wants.

“For me, very strange things (have hap­pened) in Manch­ester City be­cause Yaya played with them many years, (Joe) Hart played with them many years, I don’t know, (Vin­cent) Kom­pany played many years, and (in) comes a new coach and says, ‘Okay, these play­ers out like dogs’.”

Seluk added that Guardi­ola has no right to tell him what he can and can­not say.

“Every­body can speak what they want. We are in an open coun­try. I was born in Rus­sia. there was Com­mu­nist party. I know when it is not pos­si­ble to say any­thing, but I am sorry, I am now in Europe, in Eng­land,” Seluk said.

“Guardi­ola, if he wants to live in a coun­try where it is not pos­si­ble to say any­thing, he must change coun­try.”

Touré, 33, is in the fi­nal year of his con­tract with Manch­ester City and would be en­ti­tled to sign a pre-con­tract agree­ment with an­other club in Jan­uary.

“I am sure in two months we will have many of­fers. I al­ready have a few of­fers for Yaya. He can play five or six years with­out any prob­lem. I am sure some clubs in Eng­land, in France, in Italy, in Spain will want him,” he noted. “Al­ready (clubs in) United States, China have in­vited Yaya, but I think Yaya

will play in Europe more years.”

– agent

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