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Guardiola responds to Toure's allegations

11 June, 2018, 13:30 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and club legend Yaya Toure

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.

Speaking to TV3 (h/t Fay), the City boss denied the suggestions made by the Ivory Coast global.

Toure found himself under an unimpressed Guardiola once again when the gaffer moved to City from his Bayern job in 2016.

"They were lies and he knows it".

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

"He never told me face to face".

Guardiola, however, has now rubbished his former player's claims.

How will Yaya Toure be remembered at Manchester City? Do you really think he would have acted like that with Iniesta at Barcelona? I came to wonder if it was not because of my colour.

The manager has worked with Toure for many years throughout their respective careers, and each has enjoyed prosperous moments during their time together.

Toure started just once in the Premier League in his final season at the Etihad, when he captained the side against Brighton in the penultimate game of the season.

"But when you realise that he has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions". He'll never admit it [not liking Africans].

"I was at a fantastic age in which I was taking on the world. We took it on with some incredible players, a young president (Joan Laporta), Txiki (Begiristain)".

"We had a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world [Lionel Messi] as well".

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