Yaya Toure is likely to leave Manchester City this summer after Pep Guardiola was confirmed to take over Manuel Pellegrini, according to his agent.
The 32-year-old midfielder joined City after being sold by Guardiola in 2010 whilst at Barcelona. Guardiola reportedly preferred Spanish international Sergio Busquets over Toure and, therefore, deemed him surplus to requirements.
His agent, Dimitry Seluk, has admitted that with the Spanish boss arriving, it’s likely that the Ivory Coast star will be leaving the Etihad.
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“I think Yaya will leave the club. But before leaving I hope he will win the league and all the cups,” Seluk told The Sun.
“It’s not a question of whether Pep likes him or not. It’s life, you know.
“Pep can call Yaya and speak to him to let him know ‘I’m with you’ or ‘I am not with you’.”
Seluk also took time to question Guardiola’s ability and suggested that he lacked “balls” by leaving Barcelona when they didn’t win La Liga in 2012.
“In my opinion, everyone who has balls must stay in a team not only when they are successful but when things are difficult,” he said.
“Barcelona win because it’s like a big family and their structure is an example for everybody.
“So it’s not a question of persons. Luis Enrique has done the same as Guardiola. It’s not possible to say forever it’s the team of Guardiola.”
Toure has just 12 months remaining on his £240,000-per-week contract having won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup during his five-and-a-half seasons in Manchester.
Seluk finished by asking: “Yaya won every trophy in England without Guardiola. Will Guardiola win without Yaya?”
Many people are already predicting who Guardiola will look to sign when he arrives at the Etihad in the summer and Paul Pogba has already been mentioned on numerous occasions.
The Juventus midfielder has been magnificent this season and would be seen as an ideal replacement for the departing Toure.