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Two Premier League giants expressed interest in signing Yaya Toure

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His future at Manchester City was at threat from the moment Pep Guardiola took over as manager, but no one quite foresaw Yaya Toure being frozen out like he has.

Excluded from the Citizens' Champions League squad and yet to make a Premier League appearance this season, there doesn't seem to be any going back for the Ivory Coast international.

And what a shame that is for someone who has enjoyed such an illustrious career.

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Now 33-years-old, Toure has won two La Liga titles and the Champions League with Barcelona, and two Premier League titles at City.

But according to his agent, Dimitri Seluk, Toure was linked with two Premier League giants this summer.

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In quotes relayed by Sky Sports (see below at 0:30), it was revealed how Arsenal and Manchester United both expressed interested in signing the veteran midfielder.

So, why did such interest fail to materialise?

"A move to either of those clubs would be impossible," is what Rebecca Williams claims Seluk said.

Instead, Toure will reportedly sign a pre-season agreement with a new club in January.

Seluk told the Daily Mail: "He will have many offers from clubs. China and America of course they want him but we will have a lot of offers from England and Europe.

Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest - UEFA Champions League

"He is in very good shape, very good condition, I think he lost seven kilograms. Maybe that’s not good enough for Guardiola, but then Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasn’t good enough for him.

"In January we will see. It is three months to wait - no problem. Yaya is a very professional guy."

Toure's absence from this weekend's Manchester derby will also see support swing in favour of Jose Mourinho's side, apparently.

"[Manchester City] will lose a lot of millions of supporters from Africa because of this decision from Guardiola," Seluk added.

"Now they will support Manchester United. A lot of people in Africa say they will never see any more matches of City on TV."

Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest - UEFA Champions League

Sounds a bit dramatic if you ask me.

Toure's agent has also demanded an apology from Guardiola if he fails to win the Champions League this season.

"If he wins the Champions League for City this season then I will travel to England and I will say on television that Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world," he added.

"But if City don't win the Champions League then I hope that Pep has got the balls to say that he was wrong to humiliate a great player like Yaya."

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