John Giles: Toure is a grown man, but he's behaving like a spoiled six-year old
John Giles says he cannot believe the antics of Yaya Toure and his agent, likening their behaviour to that of a six-year old.
One of the stars of Manchester City's title-winning side this season, Toure is threatening to force a move from the Etihad Stadium this summer after being upset by the club's failure to mark his 31st birthday sufficiently.
In a bizarre turn of events yesterday, Toure denied, then confirmed claims by his agent that he was unhappy at the club.
"Yaya is so upset, he is thinking of leaving City," his agent Dimitri Seluk said. "A number of things have happened that have left Yaya feeling bitterly upset. City have really hurt him.
Toure’s agent says the powerhouse midfielder may have to leave the club after being disrespected, but Giles told Newstalk’s Off The Ball that his behaviour is nothing short of astonishing.
“I can’t believe this is real,” he said tonight.
“Yaya Toure gets £200,000 a week. That’s what he is paid to do. In my time if a player was earning £200,000 a week, they wouldn’t be too disappointed if they were discarded.”
“I couldn’t believe it. He’s a grown lad, but he’s behaving like a spoiled six-year old kid.”
“It’s weird to say the least.”
Giles accepted that if a player wants to move, as it appears with the Ivory Coast international, he will move, but adds that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he did move on.
“The best thing to do (for City) is to say ‘you have a three year deal on £200,000 a week and get on with it,” he said.
“He was an important player this year, especially his goals, but I think David Silva is more influential.”
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