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Toure apologizes to Manchester City

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has apologized to the club for comments made by his agent about manager Pep Guardiola.

Toure, 33, has been outside the team after a feud between manager Pep Guardiola and Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk. Guardiola said that he would keep Toure out of the team until Seluk apologized for comments he made after the Ivorian midfielder was left out of City’s Champions League squad. Seluk said that Guardiola didn’t show any form of respect, and that the Spaniard treated players like dogs.

Toure issued a statement on Friday, apologizing for the “misunderstandings” and pledged his willingness to help the team.

“I wish to apologize – on behalf of myself and those who represent me – to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past,” the statement read.

“Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there. I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish the best for the football club.

“I am immensely proud to have played a part in the club’s history and want to help City succeed further. I live to play football and entertain the fans.

“On that note, I would like to thank all of the fans for their messages through this difficult period. This means a great deal to me and my family.”

Toure, who hasn’t featured for City since August, made 29 league appearances last season and has won two Premier League titles with the club. The league leaders takes on Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

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