Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola denies Yaya Toure claims

Ross Houston
June 11, 2018

Pep Guardiola has officially responded to Manchester City legend Yaya Toure's outburst over his alleged "problems with African players" after initially refusing to comment.

"The other players will never admit it publicly but some have already told me that they ended up hating him".

Guardiola says Toure "knows that I'm not racist" and did not raise the issue during their two years together at City.

He told TV3, "As a coach, it's over [at Barca], because I am not the same, nor do they even look at me in the same way".

File image of Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola.

Similar success followed at Bayern Munich before the 47-year-old guided Manchester City to Premier League and EFL Cup glory this term. The Ivorian said: "It feels like he was jealous of me, he saw me as a if I was taking the limelight away from him". Do you really think he would have acted like that with Iniesta at Barcelona?

During his eight years at the Etihad, Toure helped the club win three Premier League titles - playing a major role in the 2011/12 triumph which represented the club's first league win since 1968.

"When you see the problems he [Pep] has often had with African players, everywhere he has been, I ask myself questions".

Toure made 17 appearances for City in all competitions last season before being released.

A job upstairs is not one Guardiola envisages for himself either, as he is keen to indulge another of his passions when he leaves top-level coaching.

"It was a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world [Lionel Messi]".

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