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Yaya Toure apologises to Man City fans

Press AssociationPress Association 4/11/2016 Andy Hampson

Yaya Toure has apologised on behalf of his agent for the controversial comments which led to his exclusion from the Manchester City soccer team.

Manager Pep Guardiola has refused to pick the midfielder since Dimitri Seluk claimed Toure had been "humiliated" by his omission from the club's UEFA Champions League squad early in September.

It was the latest in a series of contentious remarks from the Ukrainian and Guardiola insisted Seluk should apologise before he would consider 33-year-old Toure for selection again.

With that not forthcoming, Toure now seems to have taken the matter into his own hands in an attempt to resolve the situation.

In a statement published on Facebook, Toure said: "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.

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

"I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish the best for the football club.

"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."

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