Pep Guardiola appears to have decided Yaya Toure's Manchester City career for him, with the Spaniard using the Ivorian on just one occasion so far this season.
In what has been an ongoing feud between the City boss and Toure's agent, Dimitri Seluk, the latter has rejected that his player's apology was sincere, and claimed that he only did it to make piece with his manager.
The Spaniard refused to feature Toure until he and his agent apologised to him for Seluk's criticism of the way Guardiola had allegedly treated the former Barcelona and Ivory Coast midfielder and fellow teammates "like dogs".
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But Toure has featured just once for Guardiola this campaign, in a 1-0 Champions League group stage victory over Steaua Bucharest in January, despite being a key member of the Spaniard's team, during his days at Barcelona.
The 33-year-old midfielder has enjoyed an illustrious career with the likes of AS Monaco, Barcelona and Manchester City, winning La Liga, the Champions League and Premier League along the way.
But it seems that Toure, despite arguably earning legendary status at the Etihad - helping City to win their first Premier League title back in 2012 - is inevitably set to leave the club sooner rather than later.
Toure offered Ligue 1 return
Recent reports have revealed that Toure is a target for Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, following the takeover by American businessman Frank McCourt, last month. And, as per Goal, his brother Kolo believes it would be a great move for the City outcast.
"He still has talent and some things to prove," said Kolo. "Of course it's difficult at City at the moment. We've all been through that. We're at the top and at some point you go down."
The Celtic defender, himself, had to deal with being surplus to requirements at the Etihad and subsequently joined Liverpool. But despite Yaya's interest coming from abroad, Kolo has backed his brother to embrace a league change and to find a club where he is wanted.
"He has to understand that and maybe go for a change of air, to go somewhere where people want you." Kolo added.
"Honestly, I haven't talked to him about that [Marseille]. He's still at City, I respect that. But OM is a great club. He knows the French championship well, so it could be a great club for him."
Midfielder has more to offer
Toure spent one season with Monaco, in the 2006/07 season, before leaving for the glamour of the Camp Nou.
And while age is not on his side, Toure proved last season that he can still cut it amongst the best players in the world, making as many as 47 appearances and scoring eight goals for City.
Toure didn't get the chance to win Ligue 1 with Monaco, during his time in France, but with Marseille's new owner looking to build a side capable of knocking dominant French giants Paris Saint-Germain off their perch at the top of the league, it could be an attractive proposition for the Ivorian.
Former AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia took charge of Marseille less than a month ago, and Chelsea's John Obi Mikel and Inter Milan's Frenchman Geoffrey Kondogbia, alongside Toure, are wanted by their new boss in January.
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