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In an explosive interview with France Football magazine, former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure claimed that manager Pep Guardiola “has problems with Africans wherever he goes.”
Manchester City won the Premier League this season, Guardiola’s second year in charge. Toure, from the Ivory Coast, was the only African player to feature for Manchester City in the 2017-18 season.
“He was cruel to me… I came to wonder if it was not because of my color,” Toure said in the French-language interview. “I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barça, some have also asked the question.”
“Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others …
“When we realize that he often has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.”
Toure announced in May that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
However, the 35-year-old also expressed that he’s willing to be proven wrong about Guardiola.
“He will never admit it. But the day he will start a team in which we find five Africans, not naturalized, I promise I will send him a cake!”
Guardiola became one of the world’s most highly-regarded coaches during his 2008-2012 tenure at Barcelona. He went on to manage Bayern Munich from 2013-2016 before joining Manchester City in 2016.
Toure played under Guardiola for two seasons at Barcelona, but was sold to Manchester City in 2010. The two had their differences back then, which led to Toure’s desparture
“He pretty much ignored me until City’s offer came in,” Toure said in 2011. “That’s why I eventually opted to leave. I didn’t speak to Guardiola for a year.”