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No problems between Toure and Guardiola, insists agent

SoccerNews in Serie A 5 Oct 2016

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There are no lingering problems between Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Yaya Toure, according to the midfielder’s agent, Dimitri Seluk.

Toure has started just one competitive match under the former Bayern Munich head coach, and was left out of City’s squad for the Champions League group stage.

Seluk triggered something of a war of words with Guardiola when he accused the 45-year-old of “humiliating” his client, prompting the City manager to demand an apology from Toure.

But Seluk has now stressed that there is no animosity between Guardiola and the Ivorian and says he is likely to stay at the Etihad Stadium until the end of the season.

“Problems between Yaya and Pep? No, absolutely not. I can deny those claims,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Yaya will stay at Manchester City. He has a valid contract until the end of the season. After that, we’ll see what the best solution is for his future.”

Inter were heavily linked with a move for Toure in the previous transfer window, though a concrete proposal from Serie A failed to materialise.

Seluk claims that Toure still has plenty of admirers, but says that City’s asking price is the reason that a switch to San Siro fell through.

“There are many teams who would like Yaya, not only in Italy,” he said.

When asked why a deal with Inter could not be reached, he added: “The problem was with Manchester City, who asked for a lot of money to let him go.”

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