Yaya Toure’s agent has claimed that his West Ham ‘is not enough’ for his client, after the Ivorian completed his return to Olympiakos.
The three-time Premier League title winner rejoined the Greek outfit, whom he left in 2006, following his departure from Manchester City.
There were rumours in the summer linking Toure with a reunion with Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham, but Dimitri Seluk’s latest comments show a move was never likely.
What did he say?
Speaking to Sport24, Seluk said: “Now about England. As I wrote on Twitter, Yaya recently became a citizen of Great Britain. His stay in Manchester City is still so fresh in the memory that it would be difficult to move to some other [English] club.
“I would paraphrase the quote from The Three Musketeers, spoken by Athos. Maybe West Ham is a good club for an African boy, but it’s not enough for Yaya Toure.
“Yaya will always remember and treat with love the fans of Manchester City, Barcelona, Monaco and Olympiakos, and the fans of these teams always show and prove that they love this Ivorian.”
West Ham dodged a bullet
The rampant egos of both Toure and his agent first became clear in summer 2014; Manchester City’s failure to provide the midfielder with a birthday cake reportedly led him to consider his future at a club who had just won the league.
It was Seluk who was never out of the news, telling the world how ‘upset’ his client was, and rocking the boat. Neither man is the type of personality West Ham need right now.
Further, Toure’s wages would likely be much more than most, if not all, of the current Hammers squad are on. For a player with his poor attitude and arrogance, that simply would not make any sense.
At present, the Hammers midfield lacks energy. Toure would not remedy that at this stage of his career; he is not the dominant, athletic midfielder he was in his prime.
The whole situation adds up to prove signing Toure would not have been a good idea, at all.