If Manchester City decide to prolong Yaya Touré’s memorable seven-year stay at the Etihad, they are going to have to deal with Dimitri Seluk, his agent and source of many outrageous, outlandish comments against the club and its staff in recent years.
Seluk has toned down on the controversial remarks about Pep Guardiola and others since Touré was welcomed back into the fold, but don’t for a minute think the Ukrainian is mellowing with age.
An example of Seluk’s eccentric nature was reported in The Times’ Matt Hughes Football Notebook this week and gave an insight into the behaviour of Seluk.
Hughes, who writes City have decided to release Yaya Touré at the end of the season, provided some details on recent negotiations Seluk held with one of Yaya’s sponsors over a boot deal.
Seluk was so unimpressed by the company’s first offer, he removed his own trainers and placed them on the table in front of him, bringing the meeting to a close by telling the sponsors that those shoes would be all they get for the money on offer.
This sort of behaviour explains why City will be reluctant to enter contract negotiations again with Seluk. In previous years, Touré was so vital to the cause, City bosses were willing to tolerate the agent in order to keep the talismanic midfielder.
Yaya has been in great form since returning, but if Pep has a replacement in mind, perhaps it will be the 33-year-old’s agent, rather than the player himself, who brings a successful stay in Manchester to an end.