Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that midfielder Yaya Toure won’t play for the club until he apologizes to the club and his teammates.
Toure, 33, was omitted from City’s Champions League squad, which led to Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk criticizing Guardiola in the media. Ahead of City’s EFL Cup meeting with Swansea on Wednesday, Guardiola stated that Toure won’t play until he apologizes.
“It was so difficult for me to put him out of the Champions League, so difficult. I know him, I know he’s a good, good guy, but the list is the list,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“But the day after his manager [agent] spoke, and from that moment Yaya is out.
“Go to the media and apologize to Manchester City – the first one – the second one his team-mates and, after, the trainer. When that happens Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the same chance to play all the games.
“I cannot accept as a coach every manager [agent], when his player doesn’t play, goes to the media and speaks and speaks and speaks.
“I cannot imagine in my period when I was a football player, my manager [agent] going to the media and speaking against [then Barcelona boss] Johan Cruyff, about this and about that.
“Maybe it’s a new era now, the new period changing, but I’m an old guy. I am old generation, and an old generation manager has to make his players his job and trainers his job.
“Today the managers believe they are more than they are. If he has a problem call [City director of football] Txiki Begiristain, the club, and they can talk. Until he doesn’t speak, Yaya is not going to play.”