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The Ivory Coast midfielder is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying, “At the end of the season, I wanted to stay four or five days with my brother before flying to prepare (for) the World Cup with Ivory Coast.
“But City did not wish to grant me those few days. I went to celebrate the title in Abu Dhabi while my brother was dying in his bed.”
However, ESPN has since published a story in which they claim to have spoken to a City source who revealed compassionate leave would be granted at appropriate times.
The examples of Pablo Zabaleta – who was granted time off when his father was hurt in a car crash – and Carlos Tevez – who returned to South America when his daughter was in intensive care – are both given in the piece.
In other news, the BBC reports that City have agreed a deal that will see up to 6,000 new homes built near the Etihad Stadium.
The first phase of the project will reportedly see 830 homes built.