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Agent: Toure Could Leave Man City Over Birthday Snub

  • ESPN FC, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 4:47 PM
Yaya Toure's agent has cast the Ivory Coast international's Manchester City future in doubt by claiming that the midfielder was disrespected by the club because no one wished him a happy 31st birthday during a club event in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

"Yaya is so upset he's thinking of leaving City," Dimitry Seluk, his agent, said. "There are a number of things that have happened that have left Yaya feeling bitterly upset. He must concentrate on the World Cup now. But City have treated him with disrespect and have really hurt him. What happened at his birthday meant the club don't care about him. It was proof,” Seluk added. “But when you win the title on May 11, a day later you go to Abu Dhabi and on May 13 you have a big party to celebrate the title and nobody comes to Yaya to say, 'Happy birthday,' what more do you want? They don't give any attention to Yaya. This is the s***tiest thing."

Seluk also hinted the recent sanctions handed down to the club by UEFA over financial fair play -- which included restricting City to a net spend of 60 million euros ($82.5 million) next season -- could pave the way for Toure's exit.

"With financial fair play for them, it's very good if Yaya goes," he said. "They can receive money and they can show to UEFA they have money.” Interestingly, despite Seluk’s claim over the supposed birthday snub, a video posted online by the club shows that the midfielder was in fact presented with a cake, while a birthday message was posted on the club's official Twitter feed, too.

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