After it was effectively Pep Guardiola who pushed Yaya Toure out of Barcelona to Manchester City six years ago, many fans were expecting a similar outcome when the pair were reunited at the Etihad in the summer.
The Ivorian may have survived the first transfer window in Guardiola's reign but he has played just once so far this season.
And the Man City manager has warned him not to expect any more playing time in the near future following comments from Toure's agent.
Dimitri Seluk, who represents the midfielder, was outraged by Guardiola's decision to snub his client from City's Champions League squad for the group stages at the start of September.
"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," Seluk said.
“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."
Seluk's remarks did not go down well with Guardiola, who told the media on Tuesday that Toure will not feature for the Sky Blues until he receives an apology.
"It was so difficult for me to leave him (Toure) out of the Champions League squad," said Guardiola.
"I know him, he is a good guy. But the day after he (Seluk) spoke, he was out. Until he doesn't speak, he is not going to play."
It was rumoured Toure was in contention to be given a rare run-out during City's League Cup tie against Swansea on Wednesday but Guardiola's latest update has dismissed that theory.
Unless his agent does indeed apologise, Toure may have to accept his career at Man City is over on the same day he also retired from international football.
After making over 100 appearances for Ivory Coast, the 33-year-old has called time on his international career and explained his decision in a statement.
"After 14 years playing for Les Elephants I have decided to end my adventure playing for the Ivory Coast," Toure wrote.
"Some decisions are difficult to take but it is time to pass things on to other players.
"I thank all my supporters and my fans."