Yaya Touré has suggested that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has something against African players in what will undoubtedly be seen as a controversial interview with France Football.
The outgoing City icon has risked his reputation with City supporters after being given a glowing send-off by accusing Pep of cruelty against him.
Yaya is quoted as saying: “When, in the dressing room and in front of everyone else, the coach says to me, despite the fact that I was vice-captain several months prior: “I do not feel like you are motivated anymore. If you do not want to stay, go see the owners and sort it out with them.” It was complete disrespect… I feel like that Pep, without respect, did everything to ruin my final season.
“He [Guardiola] was cruel with me. Do you really think he could’ve been like that with Iniesta? It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour. I’m not the first, other Barça players asked the question too.
“Maybe us Africans aren’t always treated the same by certain people. When you see the problems he (Pep) has often had with African players, everywhere he has been, I ask myself questions.
“He’s too intelligent to be caught. He’ll never admit it (not liking Africans). But the day he picks a team with five Africans in, I promise I will send him a cake!”
These comments are sure to not go down well at the Etihad, particularly after the special attention given to Yaya’s exit, which included a plaque commemorated to him.
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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