Kolo Toure's adviser has insisted comments attributed to the Manchester City defender have been misinterpreted, insisting he is happy at the club and looking forward to the rest of the season.
Toure was quoted as saying in the French press that he was being left out of the City side for 'non-footballing reasons', suggesting that he was being punished ahead of his likely involvement in the African Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast early next year.
However, his adviser, Saif Rubie, has now made it clear that those remarks do not reflect Toure's true feelings.
"Kolo is very upset about the reports that have come out in the French press," Rubie told skysports.com.
"Kolo believes his comments have been misinterpreted.
"Kolo's commitment to Manchester City has never been in question and that has been proven in his performances on the pitch.
"Kolo is looking forward to the rest of the season and is ready when called upon to help City in the pursuit of trophies."
City manager Roberto Mancini stated earlier on Tuesday that he believed Toure when he said he did not complain about his treatment at the club.
Mancini stressed that he had no problem with the defender and was not planning to sell him in January.