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Agent Vows to Force Yaya Exit
Sunday, April 10
"I will not let Yaya waste a year at City," Dimitri Seluk said, per the Mirror's Simon Mullock. "I will not let City keep him because, in one more year, his chances of joining another big club will be smaller."
Seluk continued: "I will go to FIFA. I will write to them and tell them that we will buy Yaya out of his contract. We can do this. It is an option. This is not a threat. I promise you that Yaya will leave City this summer one way or another if they don't offer him a new contract.''
Seluk has frequently been outspoken on Toure's future, previously criticising City's inability to offer his client a new contract. He told the Sun's Antony Kastrinakis on March 29: "Yaya has given everything for the club and we don’t feel that this situation is the right way to show how much they appreciate him."
English Clubs Ruled Out of Toure Chase
Thursday, March 17
"If he leaves City it will surely not be for another English club. Supporters love Yaya and he loves them. He does not want to play against City with another English club. How can he go to another English team and forget the love City fans have showed him?" Seluk told Kastrinakis.
Guardiola's Imminent Arrival the Catalyst for Toure Speculation
Incoming manager Pep Guardiola is set to replace current City boss Manuel Pellegrini during the summer. The Spaniard has already sold the Ivorian once, when the two worked together at Barcelona.
Toure remains a popular figure at City and one of the team's top players, evidenced by his recent solid showing in the crucial last-16 first leg at Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Champions League. WhoScored.com named him man of the match for his performance.
But his on-pitch greatness has come with some antics off the pitch. Per BBC Sport, there was the odd row involving a birthday cake back in 2014, and he has threatened to leave unless he received a new contract in interviews before, per Kastrinakis.
This latest outburst—this time via his agent—sounds eerily similar; and for a player who doesn't even know whether City's next manager wants to work with him or not, it seems a bold strategy to demand a new deal or threaten to leave.