Toure Bows, Apologises To Guardiola

By Adebayo Williams

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has bowed to the request of manager Pep Guardiola and apologised to the club. Guardiola had told the Ivorian that he would not pick him for the team if he refused to apologise for his agent’s utterances against the club. Toure has said that he wants to help the team succeed under the Spaniard’s watch.

“I wish to apologise – on behalf of myself and those who represent me,” said the 33-year-old.

“Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there,” added Toure on Friday, who has not played for City since 24 August.

“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.”

Toure has won the Premier League with City twice and two League Cups since his arrial from Barcelona in 2004.

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