Agent: It’s sick. Some players get cars, Toure only got cake for his birthday
Yaya Toure’s agent has heavily criticised Manchester City for disrespecting the player on his birthday and says it could result in his departure from the club.
Dimitry Seluk said this morning that his client was ‘upset’ with the club’s treatment for his birthday last week and that he would take a pay cut to return to Barcelona over the lack of respect shown, before adding that it had nothing to do with money.
Toure turned 31 on May 13, two days after City regained the Premier League title with victory against West Ham United.
The midfielder has been one of the club's standout players this campaign and was named in the PFA Team of the Year after scoring 24 goals in all competitions.
Speaking to the Sun, Seluk said: "Yaya is so upset he's thinking of leaving City. There are a number of things that have happened that have left Yaya feeling bitterly upset. He must concentrate on the World Cup now. But City have treated him with disrespect and have really hurt him."
A club video showed Toure receiving a birthday cake on the flight to Abu Dhabi for a post-season friendly (skip to 2:45 below)
"What happened at his birthday meant 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-times Premier League champions? The guy who helped you win the FA Cup and the League Cup?
"His birthday can be on a normal day and, in a normal team, his team-mates and club would at least give him good wishes.”
The comments caused a stir, but Seluk stood by his comments in an interview with the BBC, suggesting that players in other clubs were afforded far better treatment.
"None of them shook his hand on his birthday. It's really sick you know," he said.
"He got a cake but when it was Roberto Carlos's birthday, the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti.
"I don't expect City to present Yaya with a Bugatti, we only asked that they shook his hand and said 'we congratulate you'. It is the minimum they must do when it is his birthday and the squad is all together.
"I hear one newspaper has written that City congratulated him from Twitter but this is a joke. It is better they don't put anything on Twitter if they are not saying anything to him.
"The club's owners ate a 100kg cake after winning the Premier League this season but when they and the players were all together, none of them shook his hand on his birthday."
He added: "If they don't respect him, then easy - Yaya will leave. No problem."