Grow up Yaya, you're already pampered and spoilt

This season Yaya Toure has been an absolute collossus for Manchester City. Today he also showed himself to be little more than a spoilt child.

First, let's recap what Yaya's agent Dimitri Seluk said and what happened. We can take it as gospel now as Yaya himself tweeted today that  "everything Dimitri said is true. He speaks for me. I will explain after the World Cup."

City gave Toure a birthday cake as they flew to Abu Dhabi and tweeted their congratulations after he turned 31 on 13 May, but Seluk says he was ignored by the club's owners when the squad arrived in the United Arab Emirates last week to celebrate their Premier League title triumph.

"None of them shook his hand on his birthday. It's really sick," Seluk said.

The agent also claimed Toure was unhappy in March 2013, shortly before he signed a new four-year contract, but insisted this latest row is about "respect", not money.

"He got a cake but when it was Roberto Carlos's birthday, the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti," Seluk added.

"I don't expect City to present Yaya with a Bugatti, we only asked that they shook his hand and said 'we congratulate you'. It is the minimum they must do when it is his birthday and the squad is all together.

"I hear one newspaper has written that City congratulated him from Twitter but this is a joke. It is better they don't put anything on Twitter if they are not saying anything to him.

"The club's owners ate a 100kg cake after winning the Premier League this season  but when they and the players were all together, none of them shook his hand on his birthday. It shows they don't care about him.

"Of course Yaya is upset about this. If this happened to you as a journalist in the BBC and nobody shakes your hand, you will say bye-bye and go to work for somebody else. It is normal."

Phew. What a couple of absolute idiots. If anyone needed proof that footballers don't live in the real world now they have it.

Here's a man who earns upward of £250,000 a week with other untold perks yet he wants his employer a to make a fuss of him on his birthday. 

I thought he was 31, not 12. In the real world you'd  be lucky to get anything from an employer. I'd have thought the drinks/cakes would be on Yaya. That's what happens in the real world.

Seluk says this has nothing to do with money, but it looks a shabby excuse for a player admittedly in the form of his life to squeeze a little more out of his club. Or something else.

If you weren't talking about an individual who must be confident to do what he does on the pitch I'd be thinking lo self esteem here.

Seluk said: "Money is not important. He has enough money.

"The most important thing is a human relationship and maybe this is his opportunity for Yaya to find that. If City don't respect him, then, easy, Yaya will leave. No problem.

"It is more important he plays for a club that respects him more than having a few thousand pounds added to his salary."

"I have spoken to him about leaving and we will see what happens, but, at the moment, Yaya is really upset."

It is not the first time either Toure or the agent have claimed Toure does not get the respect he deserves.

In a recent interview for the BBC, Toure said he felt he was not regarded as one of the best players in the world because he is from Africa.

"Proper recognition has only come from the fans," he said. "I don't want to be hard and I don't want to be negative, but I want to be honest."

And this outburst helps? Grow up Yaya.

My daughter will be three next month and if I don't provide a Peppa Pig cake I  would expect her to throw this kind of tantrum. Not a 31yr old over paid and well compensated footballer.

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