Manchester City are scapegoating Yaya Toure, claims agent

Dimitri Seluk believes that his client is being blamed for the reigning Premier League champions’ disastrous defence and is challenging the club to say if they want him to leave

Manchester City should stop toying with the future of midfielder Yaya Toure, says the Ivorian’s agent.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are 15 points behind leaders Chelsea as their Premier League title defence falters and Dimitri Seluk believes that some inside the club are trying to scapegoat his client for their poor form.

City have slipped to fourth with three losses in their last four games and are not even assured of holding the Champions League play-off spot, with Liverpool lurking four points behind, and Seluk has slammed the club’s handling of the 31-year-old, who is a target for the likes of Inter.

“If City want Yaya to leave then they should come out and say so,” Seluk told the Sunday Mirror.

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

“And if City are worried about money then they can keep their money in their wallet because I know that other teams will pay Yaya what he earns now.”

Toure has scored eight goals in 24 league appearances in 2014-15 but Seluk pointed out the former Barcelona man’s absence in January due to the Africa Cup of Nations – which coincided with a four-match winless run for City – points to him not being at fault for the club’s struggles.

“Some people at City are trying to blame Yaya for what has happened this season,” he continued, “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. I am talking about 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 is a good coach but a weak manager. He won the title with the team left behind by Roberto Mancini.

“It seems the answer for everything at City is to blame Yaya.”

Pellegrini defended Toure on Saturday, calling him a “very important player” ahead of their hosting of West Ham on Sunday.

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