Toure birthday snub could cost City

MIFFED: Toure posing for a selfie with an Emirati fan in Abu Dhabi on May 14, a day after his birthday. Manchester City sent him a Twitter message wishing him a happy birthday and gave him a cake on his 31st birthday, but the owners did not personally congratulate him at a post-season party in Abu Dhabi, where the team played a friendly match against UAE's Al-Ain Club.


    May 22, 2014

    Toure birthday snub could cost City


    IVORY Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is upset with Manchester City after an apparent birthday snub and could leave the English Premier League (EPL) champions, his agent said on Tuesday.

    According to Dimitri Seluk, who represents the Ivory Coast international, Toure was dismayed that, despite the club giving him a cake for his 31st birthday on May 13, the owners did not personally congratulate him at a post-season party in Abu Dhabi on the same day.

    Toure, whose goals were instrumental in City securing their second EPL title in three seasons, could even seek a move, Seluk said.

    "He got a cake but when it was Roberto Carlos' birthday, the president of (Russian side) Anzhi (Makhachkala) gave him a Bugatti," Seluk told BBC Sport.

    "I don't expect City to present Yaya with a Bugatti, we only asked that they shook his hand and said, 'We congratulate you'. It is the minimum they must do when it is his birthday and the squad is all together.

    "Of course, Yaya is upset about this. It was his birthday and nobody said anything or shook his hand, so he does not feel comfortable," added Seluk, who said City sent a Twitter message wishing Toure a happy birthday.

    "The most important thing is a human relationship and maybe this is the opportunity for Yaya to find that. If City don't respect him, then easy - Yaya will leave. No problem."

    Toure was also quoted in an interview with North American network beIN SPORTS in which he repeated his desire to finish his career at Barcelona, who sold him to City in 2010.

    "I have said that in front of the camera before and I have said that to newspapers about ending my career there (Barcelona), but we don't know because football is moving fast and you never know about tomorrow," Toure told beIN SPORTS.

    Seluk denied that the player, who signed a new four-year contract last year, was looking for a better deal with the club.

    "No. Money is not important. He has enough money," he said. "It is more important he plays for a club that respects him than having a few thousand pounds added to his salary."