Saturday 3 December 2016

Yaya Toure's agent concerned about Guardiola taking over at Manchester City

Published 10/01/2016 | 13:11

Yaya Toure, pictured, was sold by Pep Guardiola when the pair were at Barcelona
Yaya Toure, pictured, was sold by Pep Guardiola when the pair were at Barcelona

Yaya Toure's agent has claimed Pep Guardiola is over-rated as a manager and admitted his concern he would look to get rid of the 32-year-old should he take over at Manchester City.

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The Bayern Munich boss, who is favourite to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season after revealing he wants to work in the Premier League, sold Toure when the pair were at Barcelona.

Dimitri Seluk told the Sunday Mirror: "Pep is a great coach. But he has won the title at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

"The truth is that my grandfather would win the title with Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they are big clubs with great players.

"I'd like to see Pep take a club that is eighth or ninth and make them champions."

Guardiola sold Toure to City in 2010, the Ivorian not fitting into his plans for Barcelona.

Seluk added: "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."

Eidur Gudjohnsen, who played under Guardiola for a year at Barcelona, is convinced the Catalan will deliver trophies at whichever club he ends up at, however.

"He is excellent. He is one of the best coaches I have worked for," the former Chelsea player told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"He is unbelievably organised. He has an eye for detail and organisation in training and in games.

"He sets out a very specific plan for the team to follow and the best managers, in my experience, are the ones who are very clear on what they want from the team.

"His message is very clear - if you follow his philosophy you will be very successful.

"I think Guardiola will be a success wherever he goes."

Gudjohnsen does not believe Guardiola will be able to tempt Barcelona star Lionel Messi to join him at his new club, however.

"No, I cant see that (happening). It's as simple as that," he said.

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