Yaya Toure is considering leaving Manchester City because the club failed to wish him happy birthday, according to the Ivorian’s agent.
Toure turned 31 on May 13, two days after City regained the Premier League title with victory against West Ham United .
The midfielder has been one of the club’s standout players this campaign and was named in the PFA Team of the Year after scoring 24 goals in all competitions.
But Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk says the player feels disrespected by the club.
Speaking to the Sun, Seluk said: “Yaya is so upset he’s thinking of leaving City. There are a number of things that have happened that have left Yaya feeling bitterly upset. He must concentrate on the World Cup now. But City have treated him with disrespect and have really hurt him.”
He added: “They don’t know that money can’t buy relationships – no Sheikh can buy a relationship. This isn’t about money or a new contract – it’s about human relationships and City have shown they don’t respect him. I repeat, this is not about money. In fact, he would take less to return to Barcelona.
“What happened at his birthday meant the club don’t care about him. It was proof. They can say whatever they want, ‘Oh we like him but we forgot’.
“Forgot? About Yaya? The player who helped you to be two-times Premier League champions? The guy who helped you win the FA Cup and the League Cup?
“His birthday can be on a normal day and, in a normal team, his team-mates and club would at least give him good wishes.
“But when you win the title on May 11, a day later you go to Abu Dhabi and on May 13 you have a big party to celebrate the title and nobody comes to Yaya to say, ‘Happy birthday’, what more do you want?”
It is not the first time Seluk has claimed the player is unhappy at City. Last summer the agent also said Toure felt mistreated, before the Ivorian signed a four-year contract later that month.
While Toure’s agent claims the club ignored the player’s birthday, Manchester City earlier this month posted footage online of the moment they gave the midfielder a cake and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him onboard the club’s plane.
Toure seems less than impressed though and refuses to even acknowledge the gesture, keeping his headphones on and staring straight ahead during the celebrations.