Pep Guardiola: Yaya Touré’s accusation over African players is a lie

Tanya Simon
June 11, 2018

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has categorically ruled out a future reunion with Barcelona, insisting that his previous success can never be replicated.

Toure is leaving Manchester City this summer when his contract expires, and he launched a tirade against his former manager last week, suggesting Guardiola has issues with African players.

Guardiola has since come out to hit back at Toure's claims.

The Citizens strolled to the top-flight title this season as they set no fewer than 11 records in England, including becoming the first team to crack 100 points in a single Premier League season.

"It's a lie and he knows it", Guardiola was quoted as saying by Marca in an interview with Catalan station TV3.

"We have been together during two years". He never told me face to face'.

Guardiola and Toure shake hands. Image PA
Guardiola and Toure shake hands. Image PA

"He insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out", Toure had said.

"You know, Guardiola can not be called a dog", he told Sport24.

That, of course, opens the door to a potential cross-city move for Toure, who could join United and work under Jose Mourinho.

Michael Carrick was also named among the players released, as the Man United midfielder will retire and join Jose Mourinho's coaching staff next season.

Toure made his final appearance for City in a 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in May.

Guardiola masterminded a golden era with the Catalan club between 2008 and 2012, with three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups among a host of honours collected across four seasons.

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