Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Pellegrini is a weak manager' - Yaya Toure's agent lashes out at City's head honchos

Manchester City's Yaya Toure
Manchester City's Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure's agent has called Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini a "weak manager" and criticised the club's chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain.

Toure's performances have come under the microscope amid a dismal run for City which has seen them go from title contenders to being in a battle simply to finish in the top four.

But agent Dimitri Seluk has claimed the club are trying to make Toure (pictured) a scapegoat for bigger problems behind the scenes. He said: "Some people at City are trying to blame Yaya for what has happened this season. But those people aren't taking responsibility for their own mistakes.

"I am talking about executives who have bought players for a lot of money - and then put those players on the bench. Executives who spend a lot of money on Stevan Jovetic and then drop him from the Champions League squad. I feel sorry for Pellegrini. He's a good coach, but a weak manager.

"He won the title with the team left behind by (predecessor) Roberto Mancini."

Toure, whose relationship with the club came under strain last summer, has been linked with a move away this summer, with Mancini making clear his interest in signing the 31-year-old for Inter Milan.

"If City want Yaya to leave, they should come out and say so," Seluk added.

"Two of the biggest clubs have already asked me if he is available, and I know that if City would sell, another 10 would call me inside 24 hours."

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