City boss Pep Guardiola refutes Yaya Toure racism allegations

City boss Pep Guardiola refutes Yaya Toure racism allegations

The manager has worked with Toure for many years throughout their respective careers, and each has enjoyed prosperous moments during their time together. "Do you really think Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta?"

Speaking to France Football magazine, Toure - who left City in May after eight seasons at club when his contract expired - slammed his former coach and accused him of racism.

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

"It's a lie and he knows it", Guardiola said in an interview with Catalan station TV3. When you see the problems he (Pep) has often had with African players, everywhere he has been, I ask myself questions. "We were together for two years, and he says it now-he never told me to my face".

"Maybe us Africans aren't always treated the same by certain people".

"It is a lie, and he knows it", Pep stated.

"When the day comes that he picks a team featuring five Africans - and not naturalised Africans - I promise I will send him a cake!" "He never told me face-to-face".

Guardiola's success was made all the more special due to the number of homegrown talent in Barca's ranks, but the 47-year-old has no intention of going back as he does not want to ruin his own legacy.

Such is the ill-feeling between Toure and Guardiola, Seluk says that the Ivorian would be willing to play for any top-six club next season with a weekly wage of £1, supplemented by selected bonuses.

The midfielder had to wait until City's final home game of the season against Brighton for his first start of the season.