Pep Guardiola was confirmed as the next Manchester City manager on February 1 and days later Yaya Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, said his client was likely to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer.
This came as a surprise to nobody. A few weeks earlier, following speculation that Guardiola would replace Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season, Seluk told the Sunday Mirror that the current Bayern Munich boss was overrated.
“Pep is a great coach,” he began. “But he has won the title at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players. I’d like to see Pep take a club that is eighth or ninth and make them champions.”
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Guardiola told Toure he was surplus to requirements at Barcelona back in 2010 and it seems neither the player nor his agent have forgiven the Catalan coach since.
This is expected to be Toure’s final season at Manchester City - mostly, but not solely, due to Guardiola’s impending arrival - but the player is keen to sign for another Premier League club, it has emerged.
Source reveals Yaya Toure's plans
This is according to the Mirror, who have been told by a source close to the player that he and his family feel settled in England.
“Yaya and the family are very happy in the UK, they enjoy living here and see no reason to change,” the source revealed.
“Also, Yaya has extended family here including brothers [elder sibling Kolo plays for Liverpool] and sisters.”
'Only United or Chelsea can afford him'
The Sun speculate that Chelsea and Manchester United are the only Premier League clubs who could afford to sign Toure - and the truth is, they’re probably right.
However, it’s unlikely that either club will sign the Ivory Coast international who turns 33 in May and whose work ethic leaves a lot to be desired these days.
Guardiola unlikely to keep Toure
Days after the Guardiola announcement, Seluk told reporters: “I think Yaya will leave the club. But before leaving I hope he will win again the League and all the cups.
"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’."
It’s hard to imagine that call arriving from Guardiola - and it’s even more difficult to imagine Toure signing for another Premier League club this summer.
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