By Omar Hamouda
Toure has been frozen out by the new Manchester City manager ever since he took charge in the summer and was even left out of the club’s Champions League team for this season.
In what was clearly an angry response to that action by Guardiola, Barcelona-based agent Seluk revealed earlier this month that Toure remained committed to seeing out the final year of his contract.
However, Seluk also said that Guardiola will owe the midfielder an apology if he failed to make City European champions this season – something the Spanish coach was clearly not happy with.
“It was difficult to leave him out of Champions League squad, but the day after his agent spoke, he was out (of the squad),” Guardiola said at his press conference on Tuesday.
“I cannot imagine in my period when I was a football player, my manager (agent) going to the media and speaking against Johan Cruyff.”
Guardiola then went on to tell reporters that Toure’s agent must apologise, before the 33-year-old can return to the first team.
To make the whole situation even more bizarre, Toure announced his retirement from international football just minutes before Guardiola’s press conference – perhaps an attempt to steal the thunder from his boss.
Many will feel it is perhaps slightly harsh on Toure to feel the force of Guardiola’s wrath due to Seluk’s comments.