Yaya Toure blows out the candles – and his Man City future?
What do you do when your employers forget your birthday? If you’re anything like me and most of my colleagues, you try not to bring it up in the first place – but Man City have a lot to answer for apparently.
May 21st, 2014
Midfielder Yaya Touré has this week fuelled speculation that he wishes to leave Manchester City – but it isn’t a matter of complaining about his two hundred grand a week; last Tuesday the Ivory Coast international turned 31 but was not wished a happy birthday by the club representatives at City. It may seem a bit unreasonable but Touré has hinted that this is just one aspect of playing somewhere that doesn’t appreciate him, as his agent told The Sun.
“When your best worker has his birthday from time to time it’s not bad to shake his hand. To make him feel valued and appreciated. They don’t give any attention to Yaya.”
It was reported that Yaya was shown a good time in Abu Dhabi by the club’s owners on the occasion of his birthday, but that on the club side of things no such appreciation for his hard work was shown – which may potentially lead to a fallout.
“There’s a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer,” said Dimitri Seluk. “What happened at his birthday meant the club don’t care about him.”
Touré backed up Seluk’s words on Twitter, while also joking that his card must have been lost in the post.
With three years left on his massive contract it appears that short of a mind-blowing offer, nothing will persuade City to part with their investment. However, with the World Cup on the horizon and a chance to impress a worldwide audience, perhaps Touré has something up his sleeve.
And with the first set of Financial Fair Play sanctions weighing over them, the newly-crowned league champions may be determined to retain his services after being hit with restrictions on transfers, wages and a lower squad threshold.