Yaya says sorry

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LON­DON, Eng­land (AP): SEEK­ING TO mend his re­la­tion­ship with man­ager Pep Guardi­ola, Manch­ester City mid­fielder Yaya Toure apol­o­gised yes­ter­day for out­bursts by his agent.

A state­ment of con­tri­tion was de­manded two months ago by Guardi­ola be­fore Toure would be con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion again. But it’s still not clear if the four-time African Player of the Year will play again for City.

“I wish to apol­o­gise – on be­half of my­self and those who rep­re­sent me – to the man­age­ment team and all those work­ing at the club for the mis­un­der­stand­ings from the past,” Toure wrote on Face­book. “Those state­ments do not rep­re­sent my views on the club or the peo­ple who work there.”

While Guardi­ola was re­cep­tive to Toure’s state­ment, the mid­fielder’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Dim­itri Seluk, had other ideas.

Seluk in­fu­ri­ated Guardi­ola in Septem­ber by ac­cus­ing the man­ager of hu­mil­i­at­ing Toure by leav­ing him out of City’s Cham­pi­ons League squad.

“Maybe Toure has apol­o­gised. But I don’t know for what. I think Yaya (doesn’t) mean this,” Seluk said yes­ter­day in an in­ter­view with Talk Sport radio shortly af­ter the 33-yearold Toure pub­lished his state­ment.

Still, Guardi­ola cau­tiously wel­comed yes­ter­day’s apol­ogy.

“We spoke this morn­ing and, of course, it’s pri­vate,” Guardi­ola said. “I read what he wrote and that’s all. Of course it is good news for Manch­ester City.

“Yaya is in all meet­ings and all our train­ing ses­sions,” Guardi­ola said, shed­ding lit­tle light on Toure’s play­ing fu­ture.

Toure strug­gled for form last sea­son and could have trou­ble adapt­ing to Guardi­ola’s high-en­ergy press­ing game.

“I have noth­ing but re­spect for Manch­ester City and only wish the best for the foot­ball club,” Toure said in his apol­ogy. “I am im­mensely proud to have played a part in the club’s his­tory and want to help City suc­ceed fur­ther. I live to play foot­ball and en­ter­tain the fans.”


Manch­ester City’s Yaya Toure (left) in ac­tion two years ago against Chelsea’s Wil­lian.

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