Yesterday’s Premier League headlines were dominated by a sensational rant by Dimitri Seluk the agent of former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure.
Seluk, of course has form for making crazy comments in the media and said yesterday that his client was prepared to play for another Premier League top six team for just £1 pound a week, so determined is the Ivory Coast international to prove Guardiola wrong for freezing him out at the Etihad.
However, if anybody thought this was the case of an agent speaking to the press without the consent of a player, they are very wrong.
Toure has launched his own attack on Guardiola, claiming that he shows prejudice towards African players and stated that the Spanish coach is not as talented as most people think.
Toure recently brought down the curtain on a hugely successful eight year stint with City, and Guardiola had been full of platitudes for the 35-year-old before his farewell game against Brighton last month, although the midfielder reckons it was all an act.
“He was a hypocrite when praising me, but I let him say what he had to say.” he told France Football.
“I would have preferred to have no ceremony and leave with my head held high.
“The worst [thing] is that towards the end, I felt happy to leave because of my frustration and my sentiment of abandonment and neglect.
“He didn’t invent the Barcelona we know. He just had the intelligence to adapt what was put in place by [Johan} Cruyff before.
“Then at Bayern and City, he tried to reproduce the same principles, while working with ‘his’ players and with unlimited means.
“It wouldn’t work at Crystal Palace or Watford. For me, [Zinedine] Zidane is the best because he has fewer demands and shows great respect for his players. I also like Klopp and Tuchel.”
Toure was asked about a potential future in coaching and what he has learned working under Guardiola during his spells with Barcelona and Man City, to which he replied:
“His theory on the sport of course. But careful, that doesn’t mean he’s a genius, unlike Zidane.
“Pep wants to come across as a genius. He loves that. But behind that, it’s all an act, it’s nonsense. He’s creating a persona. When I see him scratching his head during matches, it makes me laugh.
“It could be a comedy or PR simply. If we didn’t get along well, it’s because I had caught him. But unlike my big bro [Samuel] Eto’o, I haven’t said anything until now.”