Guardiola does not like African players - Yaya Toure

Tanya Simon
June 5, 2018

Yaya Toure lasted just two years at Barcelona once Pep Guardiola became manager at the Camp Nou and the manager made a decision to sell the Ivorian with Toure moving to Manchester City at the beginning of their revolution.

Toure claims his final season at Manchester City was ruined by his old boss, who he says has a problem with African players.

The pair clashed at Barcelona prior to the midfielder's exit in 2010, and in the closing seasons of his eight-year career at the Etihad Stadium, Toure dropped down the rankings.

According to The Mirror, Toure, 35, made this known in an interview with France Football, to be published on Tuesday.

"He [Pep] was cruel to me", said Toure, who did start the last game of the season against Brighton. Do you really think he could've been like that with Andres Iniesta?

Touré said that some of the City players told him that they hated Guardiola and that he feels that the former Barcelona manager feared losing the City dressing room without his presence at the club. It may be that we Africans are not always treated the same by certain people.

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"When you realise that he has problems with Africans, wherever he goes, I ask myself questions".

"He's too intelligent to be caught", the player added. He'll never admit it (not liking Africans).

Guardiola has worked with players of colour such as Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané at City and there is no real evidence to back up Touré's claims, which are sure to cause much discussion.

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However, Toure believes his previous history with the coach, who sold the player in 2010 during his time in charge of Barcelona, led to an uneasy relationship during their past year together in England. I respect my coach, but I am not his thing. This is not possible with Pep, who is very rigid. When I see him scratching his head during a match to show that he thinks thoroughly, it makes me laugh. Pep, he wants to be considered a genius.

Last summer, when Pep brutally got rid of (Wilfried) Bony, who had been signed a year earlier for a huge sum, I asked questions. He loves it. But there is a lot of comedy behind all this. I would have preferred to have no ceremony and leave with my head higher.

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