Bacary Sagna has become the latest player to defend Pep Guardiola in the wake of Yaya Touré’s explosive interview with France Football in which he suggested the Manchester City manager has a problem with black players and African players.
Sagna could have a case for not being Guardiola’s greatest fan, having featured only 17 times in the Premier League in 2016-17 when it became clear he, like the ageing Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy, were not the ideal full-backs for Guardiola’s system.
However, in an interview with the press, Sagna was philosophical and did nothing to back up Touré’s claims, which more and more players continue to suggest lack any substance.
“I never had any problem with Pep Guardiola,” said Sagna. “Whenever I was good, I playing. Whenever I was not playing well, I was on the bench.
“To me, it’s part of a football player’s life. Personally, I never felt different from any other player.
“I don’t know what the relationship (between Pep and Yaya) is today. But personally, I never had any problems. He was always respectful to me and my family. That’s all I want to say.”
Guardiola spoke out for the first time after Touré’s claims several days ago, calling them a “lie”.
“It’s a lie and he knows it,” Guardiola told TV3.
“We were together for two years and now this is when he says it.
“He never told me face to face.”
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