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May 22, 2014

Agent: Toure wants upstairs City role

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson reacts to the strange story that Yaya Toure is upset with Man City for "being disrespected".

Yaya Toure's agent has claimed a future role at Manchester City after he retires would convince the unsettled midfielder to stay at the club.

• Curtis: Yaya doesn't take the cake

Dimitry Seluk earlier this week said his client was unhappy at City after the club chose not to celebrate his birthday sufficiently. The agent has insisted that money is not the driving force behind Toure considering a move away from the Etihad Stadium.

And now Seluk has said the Ivory Coast international wants to stay at the "same club for as long as possible" and receive similar treatment to that Real Madrid have given Zinedine Zidane, who became an advisor and assistant coach at the Bernabeu after ending his playing career with the Spanish giants.

"It gives a message -- 'we like you and you're with us forever,'" Seluk told Sky Sports.

"Zidane played then after that he started working for the club. Yaya needs the club in the future. We don't want any more pounds, not a longer contract, nothing like this, only really attention.

"More attention [paid] to Yaya and Yaya must feel happy at the club -- that's the main thing. I'll tell you one more time, we don't need one more pounds in the contract."

Seluk had said Toure was ready to leave City because the club's owners showed him a lack of respect on his 31st birthday by not shaking his hand upon the squad's arrival in the United Arab Emirates this week.

City presented Toure with a birthday cake and also tweeted a message, but Seluk claimed his client was still unhappy because he was not a central figure in events staged by the club at the start of the trip.

The midfielder initially played down the row, but later backtracked and offered support for his agent's claims, saying: "Everything Dimitri said is true. He speaks for me. I will explain after the World Cup."

Club sources have told ESPN FC that City are not contemplating the sale of Toure, who they signed from Barcelona for 24 million pounds in 2010, or planning to offer him a new contract after granting him a 200,000 pounds-a-week deal last year.

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