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Published: 14:28 | 20/9/16

Guardiola: Toure must apologise

Midfielder will not play until he says sorry

Yaya Toure will not play for Manchester City until apologises for comments made by his agent, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

After it emerged that the Ivorian had been left out of City's 21-man squad for the Champions League, his agent Dimitri Seluk hit out at Guardiola and challenged him to 'admit he was wrong' if the club do not win the competition this year.

"If City don’t win the Champions League then I hope that Pep has got the balls to say that he was wrong to humiliate a great player like Yaya," Seluk said.

Guardiola, however, has made it clear that Toure will not feature for the club he says sorry to him and to his team-mates for the comments made by his agent.

Speaking ahead of City's EFL Cup tie against Swansea, Guardiola said: “Yaya is out until Mr Dmitri Seluk comes back in the press conference, or his friends in the media, he has the courage to call me, go to the media and say apologise to Manchester City, the first one, the second one is his team-mates and after the trainer.

"When that happens Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the same chance to play all the games. Because I cannot accept as a coach, every manager when his player doesn’t play goes to the media and speak and speak and speak.

"I know how Dmitri Seluk loves to Yaya Toure, if he loves me, show me and make apologise to Manchester City what he did in the [media]. I cannot imagine in my period when I was a football player, my manager going to the media and speaking against Johan Cruyff, about this and about that.

"Maybe it’s a new era now, the new period changing, but I’m an old guy. I am old generation, and old generation managers has to make his players his job and trainers his job, and today the managers believe they are more than they are. If he has a problem call Txiki Begiristain, the club, and they can talk, until he doesn’t speak, Yaya is not going to play."

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