By Darren Lewis
Kolo Toure has been involved in a angry bust-up with Roberto Mancini over being snubbed in Manchester City’s Community Shield win.
The 31-year-old defender exchanged words with the City boss after giving his medal to Villa Park fans in frustration at being left on the bench.
Some fans posted images on Twitter last night with what they claimed had been Toure’s medal.
The Ivory Coast centre-half, consoled by brother Yaya, had already been put out by Mancini’s decision to start the match with young Montenegrin defender Stefan Savic ahead of him.
Toure was then left furious when Mancini replaced Savic at half-time with Gael Clichy in his three-man backline.
Savic had been lucky to avoid a first-half red card after picking up a booking early on then flattening Fernando Torres in an incident that ref Kevin Friend chose to overlook.
Yesterday’s spat underlines the problem facing Mancini who pointed the finger at Sporting Director Brian Marwood over the club’s lack of signings last week.
Toure is one of several players – brought in by Mark Hughes – with no future at the club but remain as the City cannot find buyers for them.
It means despite Premier League champions’ star-studded squad, Mancini is faced with a number disillusioned at being frozen out.
Despite Toure having just 12 months left on his contract City want a fee of around £3million for him.
The stance is believed to be scaring off potential buyers such as Turkish clubs Bursasport and Trabzonspor who maintain they cannot afford the fee as well as his £120,000-a-week wages.