Toure apologises to Guardiola

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November 05, 2016
Manchester City's Yaya Toure, bottom, celebrates after scoring against Sunderland during the English Premier League match against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Thursday, January 1, 2015. (AP Photo)

MANCHESTER (AP):

With a 110-word apology, Yaya Toure is hoping to mend his relationship with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and regain his place in the team.

Toure was warned by Guardiola in September that he wouldn't play again until the manager received an apology over outbursts by the player's agent. Dimitri Seluk irritated Guardiola by claiming the manager humiliated Toure by leaving him out of City's squad for the Champions League.

Two months later, the 33-year-old Toure distanced himself from Seluk's comments and sought to heal the rift with Guardiola.

"I wish to apologise on behalf of myself and those who represent me to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past," Toure wrote yesterday on Facebook .

"Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there."

Guardiola previously coached Toure at Barcelona, and sold him to City. An integral part of City's team since signing in 2010, Toure won the Premier League in 2012 and 2014 but has been ostracised in Guardiola's first season in charge.

"I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish the best for the football club," Toure said. "I am immensely proud to have played a part in the club's history and want to help City succeed further. I live to play football and entertain the fans.

"On that note, I would like to thank all of the fans for their messages through this difficult period. This means a great deal to me and my family."

Toure struggled for form last season and could have trouble adapting to Guardiola's high-energy pressing game. He recently retired from international duty after playing 113 times for the Ivory Coast, captaining the team to the Africa Cup of Nations title last year.

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