Yaya Toure apol­o­gises to Man City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Seek­ing to mend his re­la­tion­ship with man­ager Pep Guardi­ola, Manch­ester City mid­fielder Yaya Toure apol­o­gized Fri­day 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 apol­o­gize — 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 apol­o­gized. But I don't know for what. I think Yaya (doesn't) mean this," Seluk said Fri­day in an in­ter­view with Talk Sport ra­dio shortly after the 33-year-old Toure pub­lished his state­ment.

Two years ago, Seluk com­plained that City showed a lack of re­spect by not giv­ing Toure a cake for his 31st birthday.

Still, Guardi­ola cau­tiously wel­comed Fri­day'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.

How dif­fer­ent from two years ago when Toure, play­ing un­der Manuel Pel­le­grini, was an in­te­gral com­po­nent of the team that won a sec­ond Premier League ti­tle in three sea­sons.

Toure strug­gled for form last sea­son and could have trou­ble adapt­ing to Guardi­ola's high­en­ergy 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.

"On that note, I would like to thank all of the fans for their mes­sages through this dif­fi­cult pe­riod. This means a great deal to me and my fam­ily."

Toure re­cently re­tired from in­ter­na­tional duty after play­ing 113 times for the Ivory Coast, cap­tain­ing the team to the Africa Cup of Na­tions ti­tle last year.

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