Yaya Toure is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League’s recent history, but having now ended his eight year stint at Manchester City, his agent has launched an incredible attack on manager Pep Guardiola.
The 35-year-old made just 10 Premier League appearances this season, starting just one league game. However, Pep Guardiola’s squad selections were certainly justified, as the Blues ran away with the League title by a record 19 points, becoming the first team to achieve 100 points in the EPL.
Now Toure’s agent, Dmitry Selyuk, has said that nothing good should be said about the Catalan’s ‘human qualities’ in what is an extraordinary interview:
“Yaya knows Guardiola like no other,” he told Sport24. “He worked with him both in Barcelona and in Manchester City. With all the desire, nothing good about the human qualities of Guardiola can be said.
“You can start with the fact that he came to Manchester City in a nasty manner. The transfer was announced at a time when Pellegrini, his co-worker in the coaching department, was still at the helm of the team.
“Guardiola was afraid that Pellegrini would win the championship and other tournaments that season, as he did before he came to Bayern Munich, when Jupp Heynckes won all that is possible. Guardiola could not repeat the achievements of Heynckes, being the next three years at the helm of the best German club, which without Guardiola again leads and wins. If you assign my grandmother to Bayern, the team will still become the champion!
“Even at Barcelona there was friction between Yaya and Guardiola. Just like Eto’o, Ibrahimovic and many other players.
“If Sheikh Mansour and the president Khaldoon Al Mubarak think that Guardiola loves them, they are deeply mistaken. He came to the club to make millions off Arab billionaires.
“What did Guardiola achieve? In two years he won the same as Mancini or Pellegrini. And Pellegrini reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, and Guardiola – not yet. Manchester City has now extended the contract with him for three years. I bet that Guardiola will not win the Champions League during this time, no matter how much money he has spent, but he likes to do it. When only £200million is spent on the line of defence, when money is not counted…
“Perhaps, many will say that this is the style of Guardiola, that he plays enchanting football. Only when you buy all the best players in the world, it’s much easier than, for example, in the case of Ranieri, who won the Premier League with Leicester.
“In the press, a lot is written about Guardiola, although he is not worthy of being a person. In this case, we hear little about Zidane, and he won the Champions League three times in a row. This speaks about the essence of a person’s personality. And when they say that Guardiola is the best coach, then I have to say: Guardiola hasn’t won three consecutive UEFA Champions Leagues.
“Moreover, I’m betting that he will never win it at Manchester City. And I think that he will never again win the Champions League.”
He also went on to say that the actions of Guardiola towards Toure has harmed Manchester City’s reputation in Africa, and local shamans will try to curse the club:
“God sees everything. As a man who acted with Yaya, the legend of the club, which under different pretexts did not give the opportunity to go on the field. He turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City. And I’m sure that many African shamans in the future will not allow Guardiola to win the Champions League. This will be for Guardiola an African curse. Life will show whether I am right or not.”