Yaya Toure's Man City saga takes new twist with player's official statement

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure may have set a course for a return to the first team set up at the Etihad after releasing a statement apologising to manager Pep Guardiola and the club in general.

Toure has cut an influential figure at the club during his six years in Manchester, but has not made a single match day squad this term since the former Barcelona coach took over the reigns in the summer.

The 33-year-old had previously had his difficulties with Guardiola when the pair were together in Catalonia, and given the player's age and Guardiola's recent ruthlessness in stamping his authority on the squad, many could be forgiven for thinking that this is the end of the road for the Ivorian midfielder.

News broke on Friday morning claiming that Toure had instructed his agent Dimitri Seluk to end his feud with Guardiola in order to pave a way back to first team action for himself.

The outspoken agent has endured a long-running saga of publicly criticising the City boss, and Toure believed that this was hampering his chances of making a comeback.

But speaking on his personal website, Toure released a statement in which he apologised to the management and the club for the 'misunderstandings' of the past, and spoke of his pride at helping City become the Premier League powerhouse that they are today.

“I wish to apologise – on behalf of myself and those who represent me – to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past," he said.

“Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there.

“I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish the best for the football club.

“I am immensely proud to have played a part in the club’s history and want to help City succeed further. I live to play football and entertain the fans.

“On that note, I would like to thank all of the fans for their messages through this difficult period. This means a great deal to me and my family.”

A way back?

However, Toure may find it difficult to force his way back into the side. City currently sit joint top of the Premier League table having collected 23 points from 10 games.

A brief three-game winless streak was ended with the 4-0 victory over West Brom at the weekend, and was built on with an impressive 3-1 win over Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Toure could undoubtedly still have a part to play, though. Having bagged himself 75 goals in 267 appearances for the club, he has played a key part in helping the side win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cup titles, as well as helping establish the club as Champions League regulars.

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