Former Manchester United defender tells Manchester City to sell Yaya Toure

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Paul Parker has called on Manchester City to send Yaya Toure packing and has labelled the Ivory Coast midfielder a "sour apple".

The future of City's star central midfielder has been the subject of rife speculation after multiple complaints from his agent and the player about the way he has been treated by his employers in recent months.

Toure hit out at the club when they failed to acknowledge his birthday in May, and then did so again when they allegedly refused him time off to visit his dying brother, who recently passed away.

His agent, Dmitri Seluk, also added fuel to the fire by claiming that Toure isn't fully appreciated and misses out on the top individual player awards because he is African.

Parker, who played for City's arch-rivals Manchester United from 1991-96, wrote in his Eurosport column: "The big question mark for them though has to be Yaya Toure.

"At the end of the day, they don't need a sour apple in the barrel. City have reached a level where they have to be bigger than any one individual and it is one player who is causing problems. He has to go.

"His actions since the season has finished are the actions of a man who wants to leave. What he is doing now is the same as what he did at Barcelona, it is just the excuses that are different. He always seems to be chasing money so what City need to do is turn around and say to him - 'fine, you can go.'"

Whether City would be willing to part with Toure is up for debate. He was arguably their most influential player last season and is considered the driving force in their midfield.

He was pivotal in their push for the Premier League title scoring 20 goals in 35 league appearances, a very impressive stat for a man playing in midfield.

Parker is very critical of the Ivory Coast international, which might be quite harsh considering that it isn't really known what problems Toure is causing internally, or if he is causing any at all.

Toure airing his dirty laundry in public, though, is not the answer to whatever his problem is; the most likely scenario we will end up seeing is City offering him a bumper pay rise, despite him only signing a new contract last season.

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