This should be a time when everyone at Manchester City is basking in glory. After all, they have just won the Premier League title for the second time in three years, and in some style too.
However, the Citizens have been making the headlines for the wrong reasons lately. First, it was the Financial Fair Play situation which seems to have been sorted for now, and then there was the bizarre Yaya Toure problem that threatens to rumble on for next few months.
Both the Ivory Coast midfielder and his agent Dimitri Seluk have complained of a lack of respect from City officials for forgetting to wish him on his birthday. Toure turned 31 on May 13, and although his teammates “congratulated him”, according to Seluk, the chairman, the manager, the general director and the sporting director all ignored him.
That saw both Toure and his agent raise doubts on his future at the club. After all, how could the star midfielder carry on playing for a club whose top officials forget to wish happy birthday to one of their key personnel? Many may see this as a trivial matter, but not Toure, who has once again warned that he is unsure whether he is going to play at the Etihad Stadium next season.
The former Monaco star is currently in Qatar where he is receiving treatment on a hamstring injury in order to regain full fitness ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. Toure made an appearance on beIN SPORTS during their Champions League final coverage on Saturday and spoke to well-known British television presenter Richard Keys about his future,
Toure remained coy on his plans for the 2014-15 campaign and said that he will reveal his future only after this summer’s gala tournament.
‘After the World Cup I will make a statement, but there is a lot of things in the media and as a player that’s sometimes difficult and I have to manage that’, he said. ‘The World Cup is very important for my country and I need to focus on that’.
Toure was City’s best player in 2013-14, scoring 20 goals and providing nine assists in 35 league matches as the Manchester outfit won the title. The club’s fans will certainly want him to remain at the Etihad, as he has proved what a brilliant all-round midfield player he is. They will be eagerly looking out for that statement that Toure says he will make after the World Cup.