Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will not pick Yaya Toure until he apologises to the club and his team-mates for comments made by his agent. Toure, 33, has made one appearance for City this season and was left out of their Champions League squad. His agent, Dimitri Seluk, said the midfielder had been “humiliated” and Guardiola should apologise to him if City do not win the competition. Guardiola said: “He must apologise. If he doesn’t, he won’t play.” The City manager also added: “I cannot imagine when I was a player that my manager [agent] would go to the media and speak against [former Barcelona coach] Johan Cruyff and say about this and that. “Maybe it is a new period and things are changing. But I am an old guy. In the old generation, the manager has to make his job and the player his job, trainer his job.” The Spaniard also wants an apology from Seluk.
However, Seluk told BBC: “What do I need to apologise for?” “We will see what happens. His contract expires at the end of the season and in January he will be free to go.” Guardiola, who was Barcelona boss when Toure was sold to City in 2010, said of the player: “If he has a problem, he should speak to people at the club.” He added Toure, who returned to training on Monday after a migraine, had not had the “courage” to call him. Seluk also told Sky Sports: “Guardiola wins a few games and thinks he is king. I live in Europe so I can say whatever I like and Guardiola can’t stop me. “I will apologise to Guardiola if he will apologise to [former City manager] Manuel Pellegrini for what he did to him.” However, it is understood the first Toure knew of his manager’s stance against playing him was when he announced it at Tuesday’s news conference. As Pep Guardiola has no history of backing down, the onus is on Yaya Toure to make the first move. If he does not, one of City’s finest players will never appear for the club again.