Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has accused Pep Guardiola of “humiliating” Samir Nasri and “all the other players who have made history for Manchester City”.
Nasri was allowed to join Sevilla at the end of the summer transfer window by Guardiola after five years of trophy-laden service to City, but despite the midfielder’s renaissance in Andalusia, Seluk nonetheless took aim at the former Barcelona boss for disrespecting him.
"This is his revenge. And it is personal, not professional,” he told the Mirror.
"I asked City in the summer if they wanted Yaya to leave and was told that he was part of the plan.
"It is now clear that wasn't the truth. I think the plan was to humiliate Yaya – and all the other players who have made history for Manchester City in the last six years.
“Yaya isn't the only one. (Joe) Hart and (Samir) Nasri have also paid because they are big personalities.
“Pep doesn't want to work with men. He wants to work with players who are very young because he can control them like children.
“Pep smiles at you. He makes you believe he is your best friend – – and then he betrays you.
“Yaya won't leave in January. That might make it easier for the men in charge, but he will not take the easy way out.
“Yaya is a professional. He is in great shape. He could play tomorrow.
“He has given everything to City for almost seven years. He has made history – like Hart and Nasri – and then they are treated by Pep like they are nothing.”