Yaya Toure has apologised to Manchester City following comments made about the club and manager Pep Guardiola by his agent Dimitri Seluk.
Toure has found himself outcast from Guardiola’s matchday squads following Seluk’s constant criticisms of the Spaniard, which began when the former Barcelona boss was appointed to his new role at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola has refused to consider Toure for selection until Seluk says sorry for a succession of claims, dating back to April when he slated City’s decision to announce Manuel Pellegrini was leaving the club well before the end of the campaign.
After a stand-off which has last months, however, the Ivory Coast international appears to be trying to take steps to rectify the situation.
In a statement uploaded to his personal website and Facebook account, he said: ‘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.
‘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.’
|Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, has constantly criticised City and manager Pep Guardiola|
Whether an apology from Toure, rather than Seluk – who still shows no remorse, proves to be enough for Guardiola remains to be seen.
The Ukrainian’s repeated criticisms of the City boss include suggestions he has a ‘s*** personality’, claims Guardiola had ‘humiliated’ Toure by failing to include him in his Champions League squad and allegations he treats his players ‘like dogs’.
Seluk indicated earlier this week that he had been ordered by Toure to make peace with Guardiola but revealed the Spaniard had not taken his phone calls.
He told the Daily Mirror: ‘I don’t think that Pep will ever love me, but the most important thing is that we try to forgive what has happened in the past and develop a new relationship.
‘This is a genuine gesture. I hope Pep accepts that my hope is that we can start with a clean page.’