Yaya Toure's agent hits back at Pep Guardiola's apology demand

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On the day Yaya Toure announced his retirement from international football, he might have been expecting various tributes or reaction to his emotional statement to be dominating the headlines.

Instead, a full-blown argument has erupted between his agent and his manager regarding his lack of playing time at the Etihad this season - with Toure stuck in the middle.

It all started on Tuesday afternoon when Pep Guardiola announced that the Ivorian would not play again until he received an apology for the criticism he received from Toure's representative, Dimitri Seluk, for not including the midfielder in his squad for the Champions League.

And Seluk hasn't wasted any time in firing shots back towards the Spaniard after learning Guardiola's firm stance.

He slammed the former Barcelona coach's decision to extradite his client and issued an ultimatum of his own.

"[Pep] Guardiola wins a few games and think he is king," he told Sky Sports.

"I live in Europe so I can say whatever I like and Guardiola can't stop me.

"I will apologise to Guardiola if he will apologise to Manuel Pellegrini for what he did to him."

Like most modern day agents, Seluk is more than willing to stir up trouble even if - as in this case - it is to the detriment of the player he is supposed to be representing.

The Manuel Pellegrini reference in itself is particularly surprising but must refer to the premature announcement of Guardiola's arrival at the Etihad while his predecessor still had a year left to run on his contract.

The microphones will now be pointed back towards the Man City boss to await his response, however, this war of words can only push Toure closer to leaving the club in the near future.

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