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Yaya Toure’s agent provides update on Manchester City’s Champions League ‘African curse’

The news comes just ahead of their semi-final clash with Real Madrid


Yaya Toure’s former agent Dimitri Seluk has claimed that the ‘African curse’ once placed on Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has been lifted ahead of their clash with Real Madrid this week.

In case you forgot, when Yaya Toure left Manchester City back in 2018, his agent left the blame entirely with City boss Pep Guardiola, and vowed that African shamans would not let him win the Champions League, his no.1 goal.

“God sees everything. As a man who acted with Yaya, the legend of the club, which under different pretexts did not give the opportunity to go on the field. He turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City”, he explained.

‘And I’m sure that many African shamans in the future will not allow Guardiola to win the Champions League. This will be for Guardiola an African curse. Life will show whether I am right or not.’

City have come close since, but haven’t managed to lift the ultimate trophy. They fell to a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the final in 2021 and suffered a shock comeback at the hands of Real Madrid last season.

This year, however, will be different, Seluk claims. The curse that had been placed upon the club has now been lifted, and he is personally cheering them on for a historic treble between now and the end of the campaign.

“Do you remember when I criticised Man City for not giving Yaya a cake on his birthday? Well it is my birthday this month and my present is for this curse to be ended. In fact, it is my hope that Man City win the Treble this season”, he told the Mirror.

“I can say that the spell has now been lifted by the shamans - and I think Man City will win the Champions League under Pep [Guardiola]… Whatever happens they will definitely win it in the next three years…”

Guardiola’s side face Real Madrid on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their semi-final tie, with the winner going on to face either AC or Inter Milan in the final of the competition next month.

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