May 25, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure (42) throws a souvenir to fans before the first half against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium. Manchester City won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Yaya Toure's Agent Rips Manchester City For Birthday Celebration Snub


This may be said a lot, but this truly is one of the stranger stories in recent memory. The Daily Mail released a story in which Yaya Toure’s agent ripped at Manchester City in an epic rant because the club didn’t wish the midfielder a happy birthday at the title celebration party which were on the same day. The club wished Toure a happy birthday on their Twitter account but apparently no one made a note of it at the title party which “incensed” the midfielder. Supposedly Yaya Toure is so upset by this that his agent is threatening that he will leave the club.

Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk said:

“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. They can say whatever they want, ‘Oh we like him but we forgot’. Forgot? About Yaya? The player who helped you to be two-time 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? 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,’ Seluk told The Sun.

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.”

This is more than likely a ploy for more money from the City bosses but it could be that Yaya Toure truly believes that the club is a sinking ship because of the UEFA FFP regulations. If that is the case then he will have no shortage of suitors to choose from but matching or increasing his wages would be hard for many clubs outside of a select few.

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