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Toure deflates Man City title joy with complaint

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm •  Published: May 20, 2014

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Yaya Toure deflated Manchester City's Premier League title celebrations by complaining about the club's treatment of him and creating confusion about his future in a series of cryptic Twitter messages on Tuesday.

What began as a bizarre complaint by Toure's agent about the way City celebrated the midfielder's 31st birthday last week ended with the Ivory Coast international throwing into doubt his commitment, saying he would comment on his situation after the World Cup.

In an interview with the BBC, Dimitry Seluk said the fact that City's owners did not shake Toure's hand on his birthday during the squad's post-season trip to Abu Dhabi "shows they don't care about him."

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

Initially, Toure responded on Twitter with a joke, saying a birthday card from City just arrived in the post, before adding: "Please do not take words that do not come out of MY mouth seriously. Judge my commitment to MCFC by my performances."

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