Ivorian towering midfielder Yaya Toure might soon head for Manchester City exit door according to a comment by his agent Dimitri Seluk, who claimed the club and players declined to wish the African Footballer of the Year “a happy birthday” during their Premier League title celebration party.
Toure, whose 31st birthday clashed with City’s end of the season gala, has a year left on his four-year deal at the Etihad worth £220,000 a week.
And the former Barcelona midfield galvaniser is said to have been incensed that no one wished him happy returns last week at the club’s special annual event, with his agent claiming Toure is “very upset” at the snub.
“There is a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer. He is very upset. What happened at his birthday means the club don’t care about him. It was proof,” Seluk told The Sun.
“They can say whatever they want, “Oh we like him but we forgot”. Forgot? About Yaya? The player who helped you to be two-times Premier League champions? The guy who helped you win the FA Cup and League Cup?
“In a normal team, his team-mates and club would at least give him good wishes. But when you win the title and two days later you have a big party to celebrate the title and nobody comes to Yaya to say happy birthday, what more do you want?”
Toure’s agent Seluk continued: “If a player like Yaya went to Liverpool and they won the league for the first time in 24 years, Yaya would be a god in Liverpool.
“But at City, Yaya is no hero. He’s nobody. That’s how the club make him feel. He’s very upset and he started thinking about leaving the club. And he will leave if things carry on like this.
“We’re not doing this for more money. We probably can go for less money to another club. If they think they can buy everything, they are wrong. I think these people don’t care. Only stupid people would want Yaya to leave.”