Yaya Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, has claimed that Pep Guardiola is nothing special and that his grandfather would have won the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Guardiola has already confirmed that he will leave Bayern at the end of this season and he is believed to be heading to Manchester City. Seluk is left fearing the worst for his client, as the Spaniard sold Yaya Toure to City for £24million in 2010 when he was Barcelona boss. More after the cut….
“Pep Guardiola is a great coach. But he has won the title at Barcelona and Bayern Munich,” he said. “The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players. “Look at Luis Enrique now. Last season he won the title and the Champions League with Barcelona. “I’m not saying he isn’t a good coach, but look what he did at Roma. Nothing. “I’d like to see Pep take a club that is eighth or ninth and make them champions. “That’s why Roberto Mancini was the best manager City have had. “Manuel Pellegrini is also a good coach who deserves credit, but Mancini built the team. He took a team that was nowhere and made them champions.” Seluk added: “In Germany, they say it is 100 per cent that Guardiola will be City’s manager and I believe it also. “I don’t know what Guardiola’s plans are, but after what happened at Barcelona of course it is a worry that when he comes Yaya will be out. “I hope not and Yaya hopes not. “He has had offers to leave City, but he loves the club, he loves the fans and he loves the people of Manchester. “Once Pep comes, there will be a lot more Spanish players arriving. “They are trying to turn City into Barcelona when they should be creating their own identity.”
Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk: An expert at stirring up trouble, Toure’s problems with Barcelona started back in 2009, due to a dispute regarding his salary. As one of the more modestly paid players of a group who would go on to win six trophies in a year, the Ivorian’s agents began to make noises during one of the trickiest moments of the season. In February 2009, Seluk criticised the Catalan club’s slow approach to renewing his client’s deal, and even made a mockery of Toure’s team mate, Alex Hleb, in the process:
“They’re waiting to renew Toure’s contract. Waiting. But if the team wins the league or the Champions League, the players will think: what’s going on here? And the players will leave. Then what? Who will play? Hleb?”
The following season, Toure’s problem shifted from money to playing time, with Sergio Busquets establishing himself ahead of the Ivorian.
In November 2009, Seluk prophesied that “Barcelona can’t lose a player like Toure, the same thing will happen to them as happened to Liverpool when they sold Alonso”.
Since Toure’s departure in the summer of 2010, Barcelona have won the Champions League, two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey, to name a few…
Further evidence that Seluk doesn’t always tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth came at the tail end of 2009,
when the agent commented that “If Yaya leaves Barcelona, he won’t go to Manchester City, he’ll sign for a club that’s much more important”. Oh dear…
“Wenger likes the player and Arsenal like him too. If the conditions are right, it could be closed soon. City talk a lot, but afterwards when they put their offer in writing, they don’t look like a rich club, but a bankrupt one.”
In the middle of the noise his agent was starting to make, Yaya Toure seemed to suggest it wasn’t always worth taking everything Seluk says seriously.
“This guy says one thing one day and says another thing on the other”, the player noted in December 2009.