Toure plays down reports he could leave Man City following birthday row

Yaya Toure has played down reports that he could be set to leave Man City following what his agent claimed was a sign of disrespect from the club. BBC Sport reported that Toure could be set to depart the newly crowned Premier League champions following claims from his agent that the 31-year-old could easily leave the club in search of a more personal approach elsewhere.

Dimitri Seluk is quoted on the website as saying: “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.”

Seluk was keen to dismiss reports that this was not a ploy to negotiate an improved contract for the player, continuing: “No. Money is not important. He has enough money.

“The most important thing is a human relationship and maybe this is his opportunity for Yaya to find that. If City don’t respect him, then, easy, Yaya will leave. No problem. It is more important he plays for a club that respects him more than having a few thousand pounds added to his salary.

“I have spoken to him about leaving and we will see what happens, but, at the moment, Yaya is really upset.”

The former Barcelona midfielder, however, took to his official Twitter account to downplay the reports, where after commenting about receiving a late birthday card from City he followed up with: “Jokes aside. Please do not take words that do not come out of MY mouth seriously. Judge my commitment to @MCFC by my performances.”

He followed up with another entry, which promised an official statement relating to the matter.

Toure joined the Citizens in 2010 from Barcelona for a fee of around £24m, and has represented his native Ivory Coast 82 times, netting 16 goals.

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