Yaya Toure will not have pictured his Manchester City career ending like this.
The former Ivory Coast captain is not the player he once was. The midfielder who menaced defences and destroyed opponents across Europe is no more, but he would probably have liked to have left with a bit more dignity.
Toure's agent Dimitri Seluk has vamped up his war of words with Pep Guardiola this week, dismissing virtually all of the City boss's numerous achievements and slamming his treatment of the player.
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Finally, it looks like City have had enough. Seluk has it that they will lose millions of fans in Africa if they let Toure go, but they probably don't care as long as they get him off their books.
In fact, Guardiola is so desperate for him to leave that he will even allow him to join a rival Premier League club in January, reports the Daily Mail.
That doesn't sound like normal procedure, with top clubs usually reluctant to help any of the clubs around them out by selling them a player. In this case, though, you can see why they're making an exception.
The 33-year-old is now going to have to convince someone to take him on, or perhaps that should fall to Seluk, since he's had so much to say. To be fair, even Mario Balotelli found a new club eventually, so surely someone will be willing to take a gamble on Toure, even if he might have to take just a tiny pay cut on the £220,000 a week he currently earns.
Toure staying in England
After everything that's happened at City - birthday cake-gate, the famous 'sloth' performance in the Champions League last season, and now this row with Guardiola - you'd think Toure would want to be as far from the Premier League as possible.
The Seluk-Guardiola feud all started when the midfielder was left out of City's Champions League squad, but it's not like he'd been putting in performances to actually justify being selected.
Toure's become a figure of fun over the last few months, but despite that, he's set on staying in English football because he doesn't want to move his family - even turning down moves to Inter Milan and the Chinese Super League in the summer.
Would a Premier League club be wise to take on Toure? Where do you think he'll end up? Have your say in the comments.
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