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Yaya Touré’s agent speaks out on Manchester City allegations after payment questions

The Ivorian was at the club during the period under review

Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has assured the media that ‘everything was transparent’ between himself and Manchester City during Toure’s time at the Etihad, after news broke that the club have been accused of financial doping.

Manchester City have been accused by the Premier League of over 100 breaches of their financial rules, the governing body announced on Monday morning, across a nine-year span between 2009 and 2018.

The breaches essentially accuse the Cityzens of dodging financial fair play, inflating sponsorship deals and paying inappropriate amounts to both players and managers, with the majority of the breaches “in particular with respect to its revenue (including sponsorship revenue), its related parties and its operating costs”.

During that time, the club won the Premier League on three occasions, as well as three Carabao Cups and an FA Cup trophy. And Toure was a massive part of that, playing over 300 times for the club between 2010 and 2018, the majority of the years under scrutiny.

In that time, Toure scored in the FA Cup final win over Stoke City on his way to notching up 79 goals for the club, playing a massive role in their success.

However, when asked by the Guardian about the potential breaches, the Ivorian’s former agent Dimitri Seluk, who was in charge of his affairs at Manchester City, denied any wrongdoing on either his or Toure’s behalf.

He also confirmed that he would be happy to testify this in front of the independent commission, adding “I would tell them the same.”

The case is expected to drag out for several years, with calls to relegate the Premier League champions as well as taking away their trophies won in that time.

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Ben Browning

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