Pep Guardiola has hit back at fabricated claims from former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure that he is not a fan of African players. "Do you really think Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta?"
The Ivorian lasted two years at Barcelona under Guardiola's managerial tutelage during his Camp Nou reign.
"He knows I'm not", insisted Guardiola when asked about Toure's previous claims the Spaniard "has problems with Africans". "We were together for two years, and he says it now-he never told me to my face".
"It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour". "As a coach, it's over [at Barça], because I am not the same, nor do they even look at me in the same way", he said on "Preguntas Freqüentes" on TV3. Maybe it's the case that we Africans aren't always treated by certain people in the same way that they treat others.More news: Cyberpunk 2077 coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC; debut trailer
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In a scathing and explosive interview with France Football last week, Toure said that Guardiola was cruel to him during their time together in Spain and that he began to wonder if his perceived mistreatment from his manager stemmed from a race issue. In Barca, some have also asked the question.
"I watch a little and from the outside you see a very cool team and I see that it has lost only one game in the League".
"He will never admit it but the day he fields a team with five Africans, non-naturalised, I promise that I will send him a cake." he added. (He had) 365 and 365 (days) to tell me (his feelings).
Toure made his final appearance for City in a 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in May.