Pellegrini refuses to be drawn on Yaya Toure agent's 'weak' attack

Dimitri Seluk launched an attack on the veteran coach and the Blues’ hierarchy, but the Chilean would not comment after being asked for his response to the claims

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has refused to comment on claims from Yaya Toure’s agent that he is a “weak manager”.

Dimitri Seluk claimed that City should allow the midfielder to leave if they are not happy with him while claiming Pellegrini won the title last season with Roberto Mancini’s team.

But when questioned about Seluk’s claims by reporters, the Chilean responded only with “no comment”.

On the pitch, City responded to consecutive defeats with a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday, though the win was soured by a nasty-looking injury to David Silva.

The Spain international received treatment on the pitch for eight minutes after being caught by Cheikhou Kouyate’s elbow midway through the second half, with Pellegrini confirming the player had gone to hospital to have his cheekbone and collarbone assessed.

But the veteran coach refused to blame Kouyate for the incident despite the Senegal midfielder being booked by referee Anthony Taylor.

“I always think players don’t want to damage another player,” he said. “I think the referee was so near. He decided it was unintentional and I believe that.

“I don’t believe a player would want to hurt another. Nothing more happened.”

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce also backed Kouyate following the incident, saying: “It’s accidental. I didn’t even think it was a foul.

“I’ve gone in and had a look and everyone thinks it’s a more serious attack than it was.”

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