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Five exiled footballers as Yaya Toure faces lengthy spell on the sidelines

Robbie Purves | September 21, 2016

Five exiled footballers

Whether it’s through a falling out with players, manager or the fans, many footballers have found themselves frozen out of their club’s starting XI, exiled from the matchday squad and banished from the training ground.

Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola haven’t seen eye-to-eye since their days at Barcelona and the feud has now spilled over to Manchester City where the Ivory Coast centurion’s outspoken agent has now added fuel to the fire, as his player remains nowhere near the first team set up.

In light of this, Coral football writers have compiled a list of five other exiled footballers…

Carlos Tevez

The pair had a huge falling out during a Champions League game, but resolved their differences to win the title.

The pair had a huge falling out during a Champions League game, but resolved their differences to win the title.

This was an exile of seismic proportions. Not only did Tevez find himself out the team, but went to all the way to Argentina in a huge spat with then Man City manager Roberto Mancini.

The strop prone Argentine allegedly refused to come on as a sub during a Champions League game against Bayern Munich. Mancini then demanded he apologised to his teammates, Tevez refused and was frozen out and told he’d never play for the club again.

Tevez then went AWOL and returned to his homeland Argentina. However, Mancini, under pressure from the City hierarchy months later, allowed an overweight Tevez back into the first team setup and helped fire the Sky Blues to their first Premier League title in 2012.

Guardiola currently has a perfect league record with Man City this season and is 4/6 with Coral to win the title in his first campaign.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Schweinsteiger still finds himself exiled by Jose Mourinho, despite recent midfield woes.

Schweinsteiger still finds himself exiled by Jose Mourinho, despite recent midfield woes.

One of the first things Jose Mourinho did as Manchester United boss was to exile the World Cup winning midfielder, brought in by Louis van Gaal.

On the Portuguese’s arrival, Schweinsteiger was demoted and sent to train with the Under-21 team with no prospect of return.

He was included in the Premier League squad and, with United struggling in midfield of late, his exile seems unnecessary and harmful.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan and Guardiola failed to see eye-to-eye and features as one of our five exiled players.

Zlatan and Guardiola failed to see eye-to-eye and features as one of our five exiled players.

From day one at Barcelona, maverick marksman Ibrahimovic and Catalan coach Guardiola were never fully on the same page, as the striker didn’t fit the coach’s typical profile.

Zlatan remained prolific when played, but had a falling-out with the manager about how Sweden’s greatest goalscorer was used. It culminated in a dressing room incident in which Ibrahimovic threw a training-kit box across the room and screamed insults at Guardiola.

He was then exiled to AC Milan on loan where he was eventually sold. Zlatan’s current club have faced a difficult start the the season and are 12/1 to win the title this term.

Mario Balotelli

Former AC Milan man Balotelli has a habit of falling out with clubs.

Former AC Milan man Balotelli has a habit of falling out with clubs.

This could be said for most clubs Balotelli has been at, but at Liverpool he was brought in, showed promise, then fell out with staff and told to leave.

The Italian arrived for £16m and Brendan Rodgers joked he would bring “trouble” to the Liverpool side, however it soon became apparent the manager couldn’t handle him and sent Balotelli on a season long loan to AC Milan.

When Rodgers was sacked, Jurgen Klopp was eager to start a fresh and told the striker to find a new club. In his Anfield career Balotelli scored once in 16 domestic games.

Victor Valdes

As soon as Valdes crossed Van Gaal's line, there was no turning back.

As soon as Valdes crossed Van Gaal’s line, there was no turning back.

Van Gaal is a man that holds grudges and, when reports emerged that Valdes had crossed the Dutchman, the writing was on the wall.

The then United manager announced that Valdes had been placed on the transfer list after it was claimed he had refused to play in a reserve game.

A month later, he was not given a squad number for the upcoming season and banished to the Under-21s.

Despite subsequently being named in United’s league squad, the manager confirmed it was only to conform to Premier League rules and not being offered a way back. Now at Middlesbrough, his side are 10/3 to be relegated.

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